Hailed by The New York Times as an especially impressive fine
pianist, RICHARD DOWLING appears regularly across the
United States in solo recitals, at chamber music and jazz/ragtime
festivals, and as a guest soloist in concerto performances with
orchestras. He has been acclaimed by audiences for his elegant and
exciting style of playing which earns him frequent return
engagements. 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 has
presented solo recitals in the Far East, South America, Australia,
Africa, and Europe. Works of Chopin, Ravel, Gershwin, and
American ragtime figure prominently in his repertoire.
Mr. Dowling has received performance 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.” He is also a versatile recording artist with over a
dozen CDs of classical, chamber, ragtime, jazz, and popular music.
His most recent recordings include Music of Old New York, a CD
containing songs and piano rags inspired by The Big Apple at the turn of the century, and Gershwin for Two Pianos,
a collection featuring Rhapsody in Blue and other beloved Gershwin works with fellow pianist Frederick Hodges.
This fall Mr. Dowling will release a multi-CD set of the complete solo piano works (54 rags, waltzes, and marches) of
Scott Joplin, the renowned American ragtime composer, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of his death in
2017. Mr. Dowling will perform the complete works of Scott Joplin in two consecutive recitals in Weill Recital Hall at
Carnegie Hall on Saturday afternoon and evening, April 1, 2017, exactly one hundred years to the day Joplin died in
New York. Richard Dowling is the first pianist in history to perform the complete cycle of Joplin's piano works in
A native Texan, Richard Dowling began his piano studies in Houston at age five and his extraordinary musical talent
quickly became evident. He made his orchestral debut in a concerto performance with the Fort Worth Symphony at
age eighteen. He received his bachelor’s degree in music summa cum laude from the University of Houston.
Subsequently, he earned a master’s degree at Yale University where he was honored with the Lockwood Award for
performing the best solo recital and the Simonds Award for outstanding solo and ensemble playing, and a doctorate
from the University of Texas where he was awarded a graduate school full fellowship.
Mr. Dowling has long felt a special affinity for French music, art and culture. He studied at the Conservatoire in Nice,
received the Grand Prix from the French Piano Institute, and made his formal recital debut in Paris at the Salle
Cortot. His repertoire includes the complete piano works of the renowned French composer Maurice Ravel. In
recognition of his dedication to French musical art, Mr. Dowling was inducted as a Chevalier of the renowned
Company of Musketeers of Armagnac (an honor society founded in the 17th century by D’Artagnan). He is one of
only a few Americans ever granted that distinction.
In addition to his career as a concert pianist, Dowling works as an editor for Ludwig/Masters Music Publications and
Alfred Music Publishing for whom he has produced critical performing editions of piano and chamber works by Zez
Confrey, Debussy, Fauré, Gershwin, Hummel, Mendelssohn, and Ravel (including Ravel’s Piano Trio). In addition to
his regular concert performances, Mr. Dowling enjoys performing as a member of the artist roster of The Piatigorsky
Foundation (www.pfclassical.org), a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing live classical music to audiences
across America. Since 1994 he has performed over 1,000 recitals under its auspices both as a soloist and in
collaboration with cellist Evan Drachman and other Piatigorsky Artists. Mr. Dowling resides in New York and is a
Steinway Artist. He is represented by Parker Artists, a prominent classical music management in New York (www.