Richard Goode has been hailed for music-making of tremendous emotional power, depth and expressiveness, and has been acknowledged worldwide as one of today’s leading interpreters of Classical and Romantic music. In regular performances with major orchestras, recitals in the world’s music capitals and through his extensive and acclaimed discography, he has won a large and devoted following.
A native of New York, Goode studied with Nadia Reisenberg at the Mannes College of Music and with Rudolf Serkin at the Curtis Institute. 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. His first public performance of the complete cycle of Beethoven sonatas at New York’s 92Y in 1987/8 was hailed by the New York Times as “among the season’s most important and memorable events” and was later performed with great success at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall in 1994 and 1995.
Goode continues to perform at the highest level across Europe and the USA. In Europe, his 2016/17 season highlights include his long-awaited return to the Edinburgh International Festival, his Verbier Festival recital debut, recitals at London’s Wigmore and Royal Festival Halls, Budapest Liszt Academy, Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional de Música, Piano aux Jacobins (Toulouse), Bergen International Festival and his debut at Stockholm ‘s Concert Hall. Goode also performs with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and returns to the Budapest Festival Orchestra with Iván Fischer for performances in Budapest and on tour in the US, with concerts taking place in New York, Chicago, Boston, Ann Arbor and Newark.
In the US, other highlights this season include a return to Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Centre, where he performs Mozart Piano Concerto K.414 conducted by Louis Langrée, as well as recitals in many of the country’s major series, such as Washington Performing Arts, Carnegie Hall, the ‘Masters’ series at Van Cliburn Concerts (Fort Worth), Duke Performances in North Carolina, California’s Green Music Center, Minnesota Beethoven Festival and Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.
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 latest recording of the five Beethoven concertos with the Budapest Festival Orchestra/Iván Fischer was released in 2009 to exceptional critical acclaim, described as “a landmark recording” by the Financial Times and nominated for a Grammy award. His 10-CD set of the complete Beethoven sonatas cycle, the first-ever by an American-born pianist, was nominated for a Grammy and chosen for the Gramophone Good CD Guide. Other recording highlights include a series of Bach Partitas, a duo recording with Dawn Upshaw and Mozart piano concertos with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
Richard Goode was co-Artistic Director with Mitsuko Uchida of the Marlboro Music School and Festival in Vermont (USA) from 1999-2013. He is married to the violinist Marcia Weinfeld and, when the Goodes are not on tour, they and their collection of some 5,000 volumes live in New York City.
“There are brilliant young things among pianists, and there are wise old birds, who show their wisdom naturally in everything they do, without grandstanding or elaborate highlighting of details. Richard Goode is one of the latter sort.”
Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat major K271 'Jeunehomme'
Piano Concerto No.15 in B flat major, K450
Piano Concerto No.17 in G major, K453
Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K466
Piano Concerto No.23 in A major K488
Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor K491
Piano Concerto No.25 in C major, K.503
Piano Concerto No.27 in B flat major K595
Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, Op. 15
Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major, Op. 19
Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op. 37
Piano Concerto No.4 in G major, Op. 58
Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major, Op. 73 ‘Emperor’
Choral Fantasy, Op. 80
Sample recital programmes
J.S. Bach French Suite No.6 in E major, BWV 817
J.S. Bach 15 Sinfonias, BWV 787-801
J.S. Bach Partita No.2 in C minor, BWV 826
J.S. Bach Italian Concerto BWV 971
Beethoven Piano Sonata No.30 in E major, Op.109
Beethoven Piano Sonata No.31 in A-flat major, Op.110
Beethoven Eleven Bagatelles, Op.119, Nos.6-11
Beethoven Piano Sonata No.32 in C minor, Op.111
Mozart Piano Sonata No.8 in A minor, K.310/300d
Brahms Sechs Klavierstucke, Op. 118
Mozart Piano Sonata No.15 in F major, K.533/494
Brahms Four Pieces, Op 119
Schubert Piano Sonata in C minor, D.958
Schubert Piano Sonata in A major, D.959
Schubert Piano Sonata in B-flat major, D.960
Goode drew on a luxuriously wide palette to allow each piece its separate place in the sun... They all seemed larger than life, with their poetry in close-up, possessing an oracular grandeur... At 72 this great American is just hitting his stride.
The evening was dominated by Richard Goode at the keyboard. In an exquisitely nuanced performance of the joyful concerto, he sustained warmth and tension, also beguiling restraint within a persuasive aura of spontaneity. Never succumbing to interpretive flash or indulgent mannerism, he savoured precious detail here and, in comparable, compatible measure, a grand, heroic line there. Ever subtle and ever supple, he maintained a fragile fusion of virtuosity and introspection.
Richard Goode was the patrician soloist, reminding us why he’s widely admired as one of the foremost Mozart pianists America has produced. Typically, there was enormous musical intelligence at work in his playing, along with a grace and refinement, and purling tone, that connected long phrases with the utmost fluency and musical understanding. Everything was clearly thought out yet nothing felt less than spontaneous