Brad Richter Classical Guitarist, Composer
About Brad Born in Enid, Oklahoma in 1969, Brad Richter showed an early interest in music, but absent the opportunity to pursue it, burned through a series of obsessions that included an attempt at breaking the pogo stick world record, riding a bicycle across Oklahoma and running a marathon at age twelve. That same year he saved enough money to buy his first guitar from a pawnshop, a Kalamazoo electric for $40. From that moment, his energy was poured into teaching himself to play and compose. ﷯Brad left Enid on his eighteenth birthday for Los Angeles and then Chicago, working as landscaper, dishwasher and painter. At nineteen, with no formal music training, he auditioned and won a full scholarship to Chicago’s American Conservatory of Music. He later earned a Master’s Degree from the Royal College of Music in London, where he was the first guitarist in the college’s history to win the coveted Thomas Morherr Prize for voice accompaniment. Upon returning to the US, he notched several other competition wins, including the International Fingerstyle Guitar Championship. Equal parts performer, composer, and educator, Brad has played nearly one-thousand concerts in North America and Europe and has been a staple on NPR’s Performance Today since 2008. An avid collaborator, Richter has performed and recorded with a host of Grammy winners that include David Finckel (Director of Chamber Music at Lincoln Center), the Pacifica Quartet, True Concord Voices and Orchestra and the Phoenix Chorale. Long-term partnerships of note include cellist Viktor Uzur, with whom Brad tours as the Richter Uzur Duo, guitarist Carlos Bonell, who was also Brad’s teacher at the Royal College of Music and the Aspen Music Festival and School where Brad has been an artist-in-residence for twelve years. Perhaps most significant in terms of his broader impact on the classical guitar is Brad’s co-founding and direction of Lead Guitar, a national not-for-profit organization that builds free guitar programs in low-income schools. Since joining the University of Arizona’s College of Fine Arts, Lead Guitar has provided daily instruction for more than 20,000 students and has earned the support of the National Endowment for the Arts. As a composer, Brad is known for his own brand of genre-blurring chamber music. His music is classical in its form, but influenced by First Nations music, rock and the acoustic folk guitar traditions of the United States. Winner of the International Composer’s Guild Competition, Brad’s commissions include Navigating Lake Bonneville, a concert-length work for Weber State University; Duo Concerto for Cello and Guitar, written with Viktor Uzur for the Jackson Symphony Orchestra; Fragments Transcending, premiered by David Finckel; Devil in the Details, commissioned by the National Music Teachers Association; music for an episode of the Emmy-winning PBS series The Desert Speaks, and works in progress for True Concord Voices & Orchestra and the Aspen Music Festival and School. Brad’s music is published by Mel Bay, Acoustic Music Records, GSP, and Sky Island Music. Brad resides in Tucson, Arizona with his wife, Kerstin Meyers, and their three sons. He enjoys playing soccer with his boys and spending time immersed in the landscapes and cultures of the Southwest that have inspired so much of his music.
“a guitarist who, like Paganini, is known for ignoring the generally accepted limits of his instrument.” ~Fred Child, NPR’s Performance Today
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