With a focus on contemporary keyboard performance, including organ and harpsichord, Grammy®-nominated pianist richard valitutto is a soloist, chamber musician, vocal accompanist, and composing/improvising creative with an active performance schedule that spans both coasts of the U.S., across the country, and abroad. Described as “a keyboard superstar” (The New Yorker) and as a “vivid soloist,” “vigorously virtuosic,” “quietly dazzling,” and “all around go-to new music specialist” (LA Times), his soloistic charisma and flexible collaborative artistry have distinguished him for his tenacity in bringing dynamic life to scores in the spirit of integrated collaboration and informed understanding.
richard has cultivated a stylistically omnivorous taste and dexterous technique that have enabled him to work with today’s leading composers including John Adams, Brian Ferneyhough, Sofia Gubaidulina, John Harbison, David Lang, George Lewis, Meredith Monk, and Steve Reich. He has premiered works by Timo Andres, Christopher Cerrone, Nicholas Deyoe, Daví∂ Brynjar Franzson, Ted Hearne, Missy Mazzoli, Andrew Nathaniel McIntosh, and Wolfgang von Schweinitz, among many others.
richard is a founding member of the Grammy®-nominated Wild Up—named in the “Best Classical Music of 2015” by the NY Times—as well as the new music quartet, gnarwhallaby, called “startlingly versatile” (NY Times) in their Carnegie Hall debut. He has appeared as an accompanist to such notable vocal soloists as Julia Bullock, J’nai Bridges, Hila Plitmann, Andriana Chuchman, Peabody Southwell, and Ryan McKinney.
He has performed with the LA Philharmonic, Martha Graham Dance Company, Monday Evening Concerts, LA Dance Project, Opera Omaha, Piano Spheres, wasteLAnd, Brooklyn Art Song Society, MicroFest, People Inside Electronics, and Jacaranda Music series. Additional projects include productions by Beth Morrison Projects and LA Opera, The Industry, The Hammer Museum, LACMA, and the Green Umbrella series. His debut solo album nocturnes & lullabies (New Focus) was released in March 2020 to critical acclaim. He is featured on other notable recordings for Kairos, Bridge, New World, New Amsterdam, hat[now]ART, Populist, pfMENTUM, Bôłt, and The Industry Records labels.
richard is currently in residence at Cornell University’s Keyboard Studies DMA program, and he holds degrees in piano performance from the California Institute of the Arts (MFA) and the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music (BM, summa cum laude).