The Artist

Richard Goode

Richard Goode has been hailed for music-making of tremendous emotional power, depth, and expressiveness, and has been acknowledged worldwide as one of today’s leading interpreters of Classical and Romantic music.  In regular performances with the major orchestras, recitals in the world’s music capitals, and acclaimed Nonesuch recordings, he has won a large and devoted following.  In an extensive profile in The New Yorker, David Blum wrote: “What one remembers most from Goode’s playing is not its beauty—exceptional as it is—but his way of coming to grips with the composer’s central thought, so that a work tends to make sense beyond one’s previous perception of it….  The spontaneous formulating process of the creator [becomes] tangible in the concert hall.”  

Richard Goode's 2012-13 season includes recitals in some of the world's leading music centers such as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and engagements in London, Berlin, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Los Angeles.  As a soloist, Richard Goode will play the Schumann Concerto with Orpheus on a five concert tour, ending in Carnegie Hall, a piece he also performed with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Louis Langree.  He played Mozart with the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich and the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Bergen Philharmonic.  

A native of New York, Richard Goode studied with Elvira Szigeti and Claude Frank, with Nadia Reisenberg at the Mannes College of Music, and with Rudolf Serkin at the Curtis Institute.  He won numerous prizes, including the Young Concert Artists Award, First Prize in the Clara Haskil Competition, the Avery Fisher Prize, and a Grammy Award.  

Richard Goode is an exclusive Nonesuch artist, and has made more than two-dozen recordings, including the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas, the complete Partitas by J.S. Bach, and solo and chamber works of Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Busoni, and George Perle.  His four recordings of Mozart Concerti with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra were received with wide critical acclaim, including many “Best of the Year” nominations and awards, and his recording of the Brahms sonatas with clarinetist Richard Stoltzman won a Grammy Award.  Mr. Goode’s Chopin recording was chosen Best of the Month by Stereo Review and described as “absolutely magical . . . glorious playing.”  

Mr. Goode serves with Mitsuko Uchida as co-Artistic Director of the Marlboro Music School and Festival in Marlboro, VT.  He is married to the violinist Marcia Weinfeld, and, when the Goodes are not on tour, they and their collection of some 5,000 volumes live in New York City.