Hailed for music-making of tremendous emotional power, depth, and expressiveness, pianist Richard Goode will join the full-time faculty of the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University as Distinguished Artist Faculty beginning in the 2021-22 academic year. He is widely acknowledged as one of today’s leading interpreters of Classical and Romantic music.
“We are simply thrilled to welcome Richard Goode to the Peabody faculty,” said Fred Bronstein, dean of the Peabody Institute. “Richard is one of those rarified artists today whose depth of musical thinking and communicative qualities make his concert performances and master classes truly memorable events. He will be an inspiring presence for faculty, students, and our entire Peabody community.”
Goode has for many years presented an annual master class at Peabody, and he is scheduled to conduct master classes again this spring, ahead of assuming his more formal role on the faculty.
“I am delighted and honored to be part of this distinguished school,” Goode said. “On my recent visits, I have been strongly impressed by the warm personal harmony of the piano faculty, as well as by their high musical standards, and it will be a very great pleasure to join them.”
In regular performances with major orchestras, recitals in the world’s music capitals, and through his many recordings, Richard Goode has won a large and devoted following. His numerous prizes over the years include the Young Concert Artists Award, First Prize in the Clara Haskil Competition, the Avery Fisher Prize, and a Grammy award for his recording of the Brahms Sonatas with clarinetist Richard Stoltzman. In recent seasons, Goode appeared as soloist with Louis Langrée and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra in a program filmed as part of a documentary celebrating the 50th anniversary of one of the country’s most popular summer musical events. He also toured in the U.S. with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Iván Fischer; their recording of the five Beethoven Piano Concertos has won worldwide acclaim. Among other highlights of recent seasons have been the recitals in which, for the first time in his career, Goode performed the last three Beethoven Sonatas in one program, drawing capacity audiences and rave reviews. An exclusive Nonesuch recording artist, Goode has made more than two dozen recordings over the years, ranging from solo and chamber works to lieder and concertos. His 10-CD set of the complete Beethoven sonatas cycle, the first-ever by an American-born pianist, was nominated for a Grammy and has been ranked among the most distinguished recordings of this repertoire.
At Peabody, Goode joins a Piano Department with a long tradition of excellence dating from the days of Arthur Friedheim, who was a student of Franz Liszt, to the sixty-year teaching tenure of Leon Fleisher and today’s diverse roster of renowned artist-faculty. The Conservatory’s Breakthrough Curriculum, a model at the forefront of arts training in the United States, is designed to help students develop skills in performance excellence, career development, and citizen artistry to meet the demands of today’s ever-changing musical landscape.
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The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University comprises both the degree-granting Peabody Conservatory and the community-facing Peabody Preparatory, empowering musicians and dancers from diverse backgrounds to create and perform at the highest level. Building on its rich history as America’s first conservatory, Peabody extends the power of the performing arts and robust artistic training throughout the greater Baltimore community and around the world. Focused on the five pillars of excellence, interdisciplinary experiences, innovation, community connectivity, and diversity, Peabody has introduced the Breakthrough Curriculum into its rigorous core professional training to prepare flexible and innovative artists for 21st-century careers. As part of one of the world’s great research universities and medical institutions, Peabody is also taking a leading role in the field of performing arts medicine, advancing important initiatives in both arts-in-healthcare and clinical care for performing artists.
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