Gramophone magazine recently captured the essence of what makes Richard Goode such an original and compelling pianist: “Every time we hear him, he impresses us as better than we remembered, surprising us, surpassing our expectations and communicating perceptions that stay in the mind.”

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 last performed on the International Artist Series in 1993.

Richard Goode

In recent seasons Mr. Goode curated a multi-event residency as one of South Bank Centre’s Artist-in-Residence including collaborative performances with pianist Jonathan Biss. This followed his “engrossing” (New York Times) eight-event Carnegie Hall Perspectives. This celebration of Mr. Goode’s artistry also included master classes at the City’s three leading conservatories—Juilliard, Manhattan, and Mannes—and two illustrated talks on his Perspectives repertoire at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richard Goode was honored for his contributions to music with the first ever Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance, which culminated in a two-season residency at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and in May 2010, he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

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 has won many prizes, including the Young Concert Artists Award, First Prize in the Clara Haskil Competition, the Avery Fisher Prize, and a Grammy Award. His remarkable interpretations of Beethoven came to national attention when he played all five concerti with the Baltimore Symphony under David Zinman, and when he performed the complete cycle of sonatas at New York’s 92nd Street Y and Kansas City’s Folly Theater.

In addition to his most recent release, Richard Goode, an exclusive Nonesuch artist, has made more than two-dozen recordings, including Mozart solo works as well as Concerti with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, 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. Goode is the first American-born pianist to have recorded the complete Beethoven Sonatas, which were nominated for a Grammy Award and universally acclaimed.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
Concert length is estimated to be 2 hours with one intermission.

Join us for a pre-concert talk hosted by Mark Mazullo at 6:45pm. Due to the Ordway Concert Hall construction, this talk will take place in the Drake Room (2nd floor, straight ahead from the grand staircase). Please arrive early as seating in this space is limited to 130 people.


Mozart Adagio in B minor, K. 540
Beethoven Sonata No. 24 in F# major, Op. 78
Brahms 8 Piano Pieces
Debussy Children’s Corner
Schumann Humoreske, Op. 20
Encore: Schumann Arabeske
View the program book here


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It is virtually impossible to walk away from one of Mr. Goode’s recitals without the sense of having gained some new insight, subtly or otherwise, into the works he played or about pianism itself.

New York Times

Goode has so thoroughly entered into the spirit of the compositions he performs that you'd swear the composer himself was at the keyboard.

Toronto Globe