“Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.” (Plato)
As a Performer:
Dr. Richard Bosworth, critically acclaimed for “the kind of artistry which captivates, transports and communicates deeply,” is a veteran performer of the concert stage, having appeared as a recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and competitor in international competitions. His travels have taken him to nearly every major continent on the globe and his interest in composition along with jazz has added a colorful aspect to his programs as well.
After having received undergraduate and graduate degrees with high honors from Eastman School and the Jacob School of Music of Indiana University, he went on to collaborate with such artists as Keith Lockhart of the Boston Pops, Maestro Nir Kabaretti who holds various guest conducting posts with a number of international orchestras, and Hermann Prey, known for his work in German lieder. Other appearances have involved live radio broadcasts on WFMT (Chicago), WGBH (Boston), and SIRIUS Satellite Radio (New York).
On the competitive scene, he was invited to participate in the Tchaikovsky Competition on the recommendation of Josef Gingold, former Concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra. During his student years, he was winner of the Mu Phi Epsilon Competition along with being a semifinalist of the Beethoven Competition in Vienna, Austria and the Pretoria Competition in South Africa.
Some career highlights include a groundbreaking event, The World’s Largest Piano Lesson, using multimedia presentation along with the internet at Lincoln Center, an invitation from President Clinton to play at the White House during one of their Christmas seasons, and most recently, an award from The American Prize which recognizes artistic excellence in the United States.
In addition to many live video clips on YouTube, he has a personal website, www.richardbosworth.org and his audio recordings are digitally available online. Of late, there have been 2 CDs released, Concerto Paradiso and The Beauty of a Violin and Piano, where his concerto and chamber music performances have been enthusiastically received.
Dr. Bosworth is a Fazioli Artist.
As a Teacher:
Dr. Bosworth is a master teacher whose pupils have been highly recognized in academic and professional circles. A number of them have gone on to sign up with concert agents as well as pursue further graduate studies at major universities and schools of music. Former students such as Alden Gatt, pianist/conductor, currently with the Leipzig Opera and Gewandhaus Orchestra, or Ligia Pucci, a doctoral candidate at the University of Washington, are considered to be the next generation of up-and-coming young people in their fields.
On a personal level, the studio members both past and current have often spoken of him as being “devoted” as well as “inspirational,” and he, in turn, has repeatedly expressed the great honor it was to mentor them along a part of their journeys.
“Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.” (Beethoven)
I believe every person with a passion for music has the potential to become a fuller individual not only by active participation in that discipline, but by being able to make important interpretive or qualitative decisions along the way. Coupling all this with developing craft on your chosen instrument enables you to have the increased confidence to meet and exceed the expectations of a demanding world.
Music has given me great personal joy and my approach to working with students is to share that passion and help them shape their own style in the context of gaining complete technical mastery and musical/artistic understanding. Despite my extensive training and educational background, students have told me that I am able to speak at their particular level as well as work with them in an open and conscientious way that honors their own unique consciousness and inner expression. Music is also tremendous fun and that can be difficult to keep in perspective because of the stringent requirements and expectations of the profession.
I am here to facilitate learning in order to support a solid foundation of technique and artistry to the level of the student’s ambition. At the same time, I am eager to share with committed intermediate and advanced students the many time-honored traditions that have been handed down to me; these musical lineages extend all the way back to Liszt and Beethoven.
My lessons can be viewed on a multiplicity of levels. They include the conceptual aspects of learning a composition, emotional encouragement to stimulate artistic development, the training of certain skills in order to become well-rounded, and finally, the cultivation of craft/technique for purposes of communicating the “message” of music. The vehicle to achieving all this is the exchange of ideas via dialogue to build teamwork. Through this, I then can address your unique artistic needs directly. Previous graduates from my studio have presented many kinds of problems ranging from physical tension to certain cognitive issues that affected their musical expression. Tapping into their learning styles helped me to guide them toward more meaningful and lasting results.
That said, I request a certain regimen to be followed for the sake of uniformity in acquiring musicianly skills. Sight-reading and score analysis are always a “friend” in these cases because they allow for a less labor-intensive experience as well as aid in putting what you have learned into long-term memory. These skills increase your appreciation for the craftsmanship in a composition and guide your interpretation of it. I also advocate developing the ability to improvise (regardless of your level of expertise) as a way to open the mind and body before regular practice session begins.
In the end, your commitment and discipline will be the foundation for your success. Dedication to the art of piano playing is the key attribute I look for because it will dictate how quickly you progress on your path of musical self-discovery.
I look forward to working with you to bring your musical capability to fruition!
Standard repertory from Baroque through Contemporary