Scott Joplin (c.1867-1917) is profiled at AfriClassical.com, which features a Bibliography and comprehensive Works List by Dr. Dominique-René de Lerma, http://www.CasaMusicaledeLerma.com.
(Photo Ronald Babb)
March 23, 2017
Steinway Artist Richard Dowling is the first pianist in history to perform the complete cycle of Scott Joplin's 53 rags, waltzes, marches, and cakewalks in public. Dowling's twin recitals at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, April 1, 2017 will take place exactly 100 years to the day Joplin died in New York.
New York, NY (PRWEB)
New York pianist, Steinway Artist and Piatigorsky Foundation artist Richard Dowling is to perform an unprecedented two-concert cycle of the complete piano works of American composer Scott Joplin 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.
Mr. Dowling is the first pianist in history to perform the complete cycle of Joplin's piano works in public.
Dowling will offer a variety of Joplin's 53 rags, waltzes, marches and cakewalks on each of his two programs: 27 works on the Part 1 recital at 2:00 PM followed by 26 works and a special Joplin encore on the Part 2 recital at 7:00 PM. The concerts are part of a two year-long celebration of the life and works of Scott Joplin (1868-1917), known as the "King of Ragtime Writers" with Dowling touring his music throughout the United States. 2018 also marks the sesquicentennial (150th) anniversary of Joplin's birth. For more info, please visit http://www.richard-dowling.com/joplin.
Dowling's tour encompasses over 60 recitals nationwide, including the San Francisco Bay Area, New Orleans, Houston, Austin, New York, Cape Cod, the Scott Joplin Festival and the Newport Music Festival. On April 1, 2017, Rivermont Records will release Dowling's 3-CD set of the complete solo piano works of Joplin recorded on a magnificent Hamburg Steinway concert grand piano. WFMT in Chicago and WWNO in New Orleans have both recently conducted radio interviews with Dowling about his Joplin project.
Richard Dowling earned degrees from Yale University and the University of Texas at Austin, including a doctorate in music. Among his teachers was the renowned concert pianist Abbey Simon. The New York Times has described Dowling as "an especially impressive, fine pianist."
He made his orchestral debut at age eighteen, performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra. A New Yorker since 1990, Dowling has often performed at venues throughout the city including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, 92nd St. Y, The Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center, the Brooklyn Conservatory, and The Metropolitan Museum among others.
Dowling has performed for over two decades the works of Chopin, Ravel, Beethoven, and Gershwin, and has published critical performing sheet music editions of the works of Ravel, Fauré, Debussy, Mendelssohn, Gershwin, Hummel, and Zez Confrey.
Dowling has 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. 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 granted that distinction.
Dowling also often performs under the auspices of the Piatigorsky Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing live classical music to underserved audiences across America. He performs both as a soloist and in collaboration with cellist Evan Drachman (grandson of cellist Gregor Piatigorsky) and other Piatigorsky Artists. Since 1994 he has performed well over 1,000 recitals nationwide through the foundation.
Dowling is a regular featured headliner at the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival in Sedalia, Missouri, at the West Coast Ragtime Festival in Sacramento, and at the Juneau Jazz & Classics Festival in Alaska.
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Yet again, MANY thanks for the plug, Bill! That's very, very kind of you indeed.
Appreciatively, ---- Richard [Richard Dowling]