|Hailed by The New York Times as an especially impressive fine young pianist, RICHARD DOWLING appears regularly across the United States in solo recitals and concerts with orchestras. He has been acclaimed by audiences for his elegant and exciting style of playing which earns him frequent return engagements. An artist of rising international stature, Mr. Dowling has presented solo recitals in the Far East, Australia, Africa, and Europe, including six performance tours in France. In the United States he has received nationwide attention for recitals seen on the PBS television program Debut, and heard on the NPR radio program Performance Today. In New York, Mr. Dowling has performed in Central Park with orchestra, and in recitals at Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park, the 92nd Street Y, Steinway Hall, the Kosciuszko Foundation, Trinity Church, the Metropolitan Museum, the Metropolitan Club, the Brooklyn Conservatory, and Concordia College.
A competition veteran and frequent prizewinner, Mr. Dowling has won first place in the San Antonio International Keyboard Competition, the Louise D. McMahon International Music Competition (OK), the Oklahoma Symphony Concerto Competition, the Shreveport (LA) Symphony/Wideman Concerto Competition, the Midland/Odessa (TX) National Young Artist Audition, the Brazos Valley (TX) Symphony Young Artists Competition, and the
|Houston Tuesday Musical Club Competition among others, and was declared the National Winner of the prestigious Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Artist Competition.
Career highlights include a sold-out New York orchestral debut at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, a solo recital at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall in New York, and a special award from the National Federation of Music Clubs recognizing his outstanding performances of American music. Mr. Dowling celebrated the centennial of the birth of George Gershwin in 1998 by performing his complete solo and orchestral works for piano, including the familiar Rhapsody in Blue and Concerto in F, and the rarely-heard Second Rhapsody and Variations on "I Got Rhythm." In 2001 he released Sweet and Low-Down, a compact disc containing virtually all of the solo piano works by Gershwin on the Klavier Records label. American Record Guide wrote of the recording, Dowling dances through 29 Gershwin numbers with exuberance and a natural feel for rubato...if you love Gershwin, don't miss this!" He has also recorded two CDs of popular piano works by Chopin for Piano Productions Recordings, Richard Dowling plays Chopin, Vols. I & II and a CD of cello and piano works, A Frog He Went a-Courting, Pairs of Pieces with his duo-partner, cellist Evan Drachman. In February 2004, Klavier Records will release World's Greatest Piano Rags, a disc of Dowling playing a collection of his favorite American ragtime piano repertoire.
Mr. Dowling has established himself internationally with performances in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, South Africa, Germany, Austria, Italy, and France. He has received reviews that praise him as a master of creating beautiful sounds with impeccable control of colors and textures and as a musician with something to say, the skill to say it and the magnetic power to make you want to listen and for giving a superb recital that left the audience craving for more at the end.
Mr. Dowling has long felt a special affinity for France and its music, art and culture. He studied at the Conservatoire de Musique in Nice with the respected French pianist Jeanne-Marie Darre, participated as a guest artist in the La Gesse Summer Festival, received the Grand Prix from the French Piano Institute in Paris, and made his formal recital debut in Paris at the Salle Cortot. Subsequently, he was invited to perform at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. where he presented a recital of French music. Maurice Ravel, the renowned French composer, was the subject of Mr. Dowling's doctoral dissertation. Dowling's repertoire includes the complete solo and chamber piano music of Ravel and many works by Debussy, Faure, and Saint-Saens. Mr. Dowling has produced his own critically-revised edition of Ravel's Trio for violin, cello and piano based on the composer's original manuscript and is currently preparing a new authoritative multi-volume edition of the complete solo piano works of Ravel for Masters Music Publications. In recognition of his dedication to French musical art, Mr. Dowling was officially inducted as a Chevalier of the renowned Company of Musketeers of Armagnac, an honor society originally founded in the 17th century by D'Artagnan in the southwest of France. He is one of only a few Americans ever granted that distinction.
In the Far East Dowling has performed critically-acclaimed recitals at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, in Singapore at Victoria Concert Hall and in Kuala Lumpur at the Istana Auditorium. He has presented guest master classes at the LaSalle-SIA College of the Arts and Young Musicians Society in Singapore, at the Academy for Performing Arts in Hong Kong, and at the Shanghai Conservatory.
While studying at Yale University, Dowling was honored with the Lockwood Award for performing the best recital and the Simonds Award for outstanding solo and ensemble playing. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from The University of Texas and has held positions as Artist-in-Residence at Lamar University in Texas and at The Harid Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida. In addition to his regular concert performances, Mr. Dowling enjoys performing as a member of the artist roster of The Piatigorsky Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing live classical music to audiences across America. Over the past ten years he has performed over 700 recitals under its auspices. Mr. Dowling currently resides in New York.