Tours by Richard Dowling:
- March 2016 – Arizona with Evan Drachman (cello)
- December 2015 – Wyoming
- October 2015 – Texas East with Evan Drachman (cello)
- September 2015 – Maryland with Evan Drachman (cello)
- April 2015 – Arizona with Linda Rosenthal (violin)
- March–April 2015 – Massachusetts;Vermont with Qing Li (violin)
- February 2015 – Texas West
- January 2015 – Florida West with Evan Drachman (cello)
- January 2015 – Florida East & Central with Linda Rosenthal (violin)
- November–December 2014 – Louisiana North
- September–October 2014 – Maryland with Evan Drachman (cello)
- New York 2014-2015 Ernst C. Stiefel Foundation Concert Series
- April 2014 – Idaho
- April 2014 – New Mexico with Qing Li (violin)
- February–March 2014 – Texas East with Rodrigo Garciarroyo (tenor)
- October 2013 – Massachusetts with Evan Drachman (cello)
- September–October 2013 – New Mexico
- September 2013 – Wyoming with Qing Li (violin)
- March–April 2013 – Maryland with Rodrigo Garciarroyo (tenor)
- March 2013 – Georgia
- February–March 2013 – North Carolina
- January 2013 – Florida East & Central
- December 2012 – Texas East with Evan Drachman (cello)
- November 2012 – Washington with Linda Rosenthal (violin)
- October 2012 – Louisiana South with Evan Drachman (cello)
- New York, 2012-2013 Ernst C. Stiefel Foundation Concert Series
- May 2012 – Wyoming
- March 2012 – Oklahoma with Evan Drachman (cello)
- January 2012 – Arizona with Evan Drachman (cello)
- November 2011 – Massachusetts
- September 2011 – Iowa
- New York, 2011-2012 Ernst C. Stiefel Foundation Concert Series
- May 2011 – Washington
- December 2010 – Louisiana South
- October 2010 – Kentucky and Ohio
- April 2010 – Texas East with Evan Drachman (cello)
- January 2010 – Florida West
- New York, 2009-2010 Ernst C. Stiefel Foundation Concert Series
- New York, 2009-2010 EGL Charitable Foundation Concert Series
Richard Dowling, Pianoparkerartists.com/Richard-Dowling.html
Hailed by The New York Times as “an especially impressive fine young 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. An artist of international stature, Mr. Dowling has presented solo recitals in South America, the Far East, Australia, Africa, and Europe. 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. 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, The Liederkranz Foundation, Trinity Church, St. Bartholomew’s Church, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Club, The Dahesh Museum, The Tenri Cultural Institute, Christie’s, 54 Below, The Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center, The Brooklyn Conservatory, and Concordia College. Works of Chopin, Debussy, Ravel, Gershwin, and American ragtime figure prominently in his repertoire.
Mr. Dowling is also a versatile recording artist with over a dozen CDs of classical, chamber, ragtime, jazz, and popular music. In 1998 Dowling celebrated the centennial of the birth of George Gershwin 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. Included on the recording are several world premieres of newly‑available Gershwin material and a few of Mr. Dowling’s own transcriptions and arrangements. 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!” In a review of his 2004 World’s Greatest Piano Rags album another ARG critic said that “Dowling plays with tremendous zip and zest…I am sure he is the best ragtime pianist I have ever heard.” His third Klavier recording, Rhapsody in Ragtime, a compilation of Mr. Dowling’s favorite ragtime, novelty, stride and early jazz piano solos was released in early 2007. All three of these popular recordings are heard regularly on radio stations across America. He has also recorded two classical CDs of solo piano works by Chopin, three CDs of cello and piano works with cellist Evan Drachman, and a three-CD set of popular easy‑listening songs called A Perfect Moment. His most recent recordings include Music of Old New York, which features songs and piano rags inspired by The Big Apple at the turn of the century, and Gershwin for Two Pianos, a Rivermont Records production featuring Rhapsody in Blue and other beloved Gershwin works with fellow pianist Frederick Hodges.
Mr. Dowling has established himself internationally with performances in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, South Africa, Mexico, Ecuador, Germany, Austria, Italy, and France. In 1994 he was one of only two Americans chosen to perform before massive audiences in stadiums in Shanghai and Nanjing, China. In 1995 he was invited to give master classes at the Academy for Performing Arts in Hong Kong. In 1997 he performed a critically‑acclaimed recital in Singapore at Victoria Concert Hall, and presented master classes at LaSalle‑SIA College of the Arts and the Young Musicians’ Society in Singapore. In 1998 he performed six recitals in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, including a performance honoring the new American ambassador to Singapore. He has received glowing reviews that praise him as “a master of creating beautiful sounds with impeccable control of colors and textures,” 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 French music, art and culture. He studied there 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. He has performed many recitals in churches, private châteaux and at summer festivals. His repertoire includes the complete solo piano works of the renowned French composer Maurice Ravel. In addition to his career as a concert pianist, Mr. Dowling works 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 Confrey, Debussy, Fauré, Gershwin, Hummel, Mendelssohn, and Ravel (including Ravel’s Piano Trio). In recognition of his dedication to France and 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.
A native Texan, Richard Dowling began his piano studies at age five in Houston and his extraordinary musical talent quickly became evident. He gave his first recital at six and won prizes in many piano competitions throughout childhood. He studied privately in high school with pianist Madge Waterston Hunt and made his orchestral debut in a Beethoven concerto performance with the Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra at age eighteen. He received his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston as a student of pianists Ruth Tomfohrde and Abbey Simon. While at UH he received many performance and academic awards, including a full scholarship from the UH Alumni Association. As a freshman he won first prize in the annual schoolwide UH Concerto Competition, and as a senior was declared National Winner of the prestigious MTNA Collegiate Artist Competition at its national convention. 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 Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin where he was awarded a graduate school full fellowship.
Mr. Dowling has also won first prize in the San Antonio International Keyboard Competition, the New Orleans International Piano Competition, the Brazos Valley Symphony Young Artists Competition, the Louise D. McMahon International Music Competition, the Oklahoma Symphony Concerto Competition, and the Shreveport Symphony/Wideman Concerto Competition, among others.
Recent orchestral engagements include performances of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Bozeman (MT) Symphony, the Gershwin Concerto in F with the Wyoming Symphony and Tennessee Philharmonic, the Beethoven "Emperor" Concerto with the Lawton Philharmonic, and the Chopin Concerto No. 2 with the Ridgefield (CT) Symphony and the Cypress/Grand Symphony (TX). He recently appeared with the Dayton Philharmonic (OH) in a performance of the rarely-heard Moszkowski Piano Concerto in E Major (subsequently broadcast on NPR), with the Deerfield Beach Symphony in performances of Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concertos No. 2 & 4, and with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in a performance of Gershwin’s I Got Rhythm Variations (lead by the late Cincinnati Pops director Erich Kunzel). Mr. Dowling has also appeared as guest concerto soloist at the Texas Music Festival in performances of Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A Major, K. 488 and Ravel's Concerto in G with the Texas Festival Orchestra. In August 2009 he performed in New York as soloist with the Ensemble du Monde chamber orchestra in a performance of Beethoven’s Concerto No. 3 for the Beethoven Festival held at Merkin Concert Hall. Recent and upcoming solo recital engagements include appearances in Lewes (Delaware), Newnan (Georgia), Memphis (Tennessee), Monroe & New Orleans (Louisiana), Tulsa (Oklahoma), Davenport (Iowa), Fairfax (Virginia), Miami, Miami Beach, Coral Gables, and Fort Lauderdale (Florida), Houston, Austin, San Antonio & Wichita Falls (Texas), New York City, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Washington DC, San Miguel de Allende (Mexico), and Pau & Lectoure (France). Mr. Dowling has appeared as a guest artist at the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival, the West Coast Ragtime Festival, the Charles H. Templeton Ragtime & Jazz Festival, the Kansas City Ragtime Revelry, the Indiana Classic Ragtime Society Festival, the Ragtime for Tulsa Festival, the Northern Virginia Ragtime Society, and the Eagles & Ivories Ragtime Festival. He will appear at the Cape Cod Ragtime Festival in October 2016.
Since joining the foundation's artist roster in 1994, Richard Dowling has performed more than 1,000 concerts across America as a soloist and in collaboration with cellist Evan Drachman and other Piatigorsky Artists. Between concert tours Mr. Dowling resides in New York. He is a Steinway Artist and is represented by Parker Artists in New York (www.parkerartists.com). Visit his website at www.parkerartists.com/Richard-Dowling.html