Cliburn welcomes pianist Richard Goode


FORT WORTH, Texas, February 13, 2017—The Cliburn is proud to welcome the return of pianist Richard Goode to Cliburn Concerts on Thursday and Friday, February 23 and 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the Kimbell Art Museum Piano Pavilion as part of the Cliburn at the Kimbell: Masters series.

Richard Goode’s music-making is the stuff of legend for its tremendous emotional power, depth, and expressiveness. Goode “impresses…better than we remembered, surprising us, surpassing our expectations and communicating perceptions that stay in the mind,” says Gramophone magazine.

For his Fort Worth recitals, Goode will perform music by J.S. Bach, including selections from The Well-Tempered Clavier, on the first half of the program; and Chopin ballades, nocturnes, and mazurkas on the second. For the complete program, click HERE.

All seating is reserved for Cliburn at the Kimbell. Tickets are $30–$90, available at 817.212.4280 and

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Richard Goode has been acknowledged worldwide as one of today’s leading interpreters of Classical and Romantic music. In regular performances with the major orchestras, recitals in the world’s music capitals, and through his extensive and acclaimed Nonesuch recordings, he has won a large and devoted following.

Mr. Goode opened his 2016–2017 season in New York as soloist with Louis Langrée and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra in a program filmed as part of a documentary celebrating the 50th Anniversary of one of the country’s most popular summer musical events. On the other side of the ocean, the American-born pianist is featured in numerous European festivals including the prestigious Edinburgh Festival, in addition to appearances in London, Budapest, Madrid, Stockholm, Antwerp, and Helsinki. A highlight will be concerts in Hungary and on tour in the United States with one of the world’s most admired orchestras and his recording partners, the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Iván Fischer. Their recording of the five Beethoven Piano Concertos has won worldwide acclaim; Mr. Goode will perform Concertos No. 2 and No. 4 on the tour, which includes performances in February 2017 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Lincoln Center, and for the Chicago Symphony, University Musical Society (Ann Arbor), and Celebrity Series of Boston. Mr. Goode will also be heard in recital at Carnegie Hall and at major university and concert series throughout North America.

Among the highlights of recent seasons have been the recitals in which, for the first time in his career, Mr. Goode performed the last three Beethoven Sonatas in one program, drawing capacity audiences and raves in such cities as New York, London, and Berlin. The New York Times, in reviewing his Carnegie Hall performance, hailed his interpretations as “majestic, profound readings… Mr. Goode’s playing throughout was organic and inspired, the noble, introspective themes unfolding with a simplicity that rendered them all the more moving.” A compelling recitalist, he was featured last season in a gala concert celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the country’s largest presenter of recital and chamber music concerts, and has appeared at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Royal Festival Hall in London, and other major venues throughout the United States and Europe, including those in Budapest, Cleveland, Glasgow, San Francisco, Vancouver, and Washington, D.C.

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As concerto soloist, he appeared with Andris Nelson in his first season as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Recent seasons have also included performances with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra led by Fabio Luisi at Carnegie Hall, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra on tour and at Carnegie Hall, the Orchestre de Paris and Herbert Blomstedt, the Cincinnati Symphony and David Zinman, and the Orchestre National de Lyon and Ton Koopman.

An exclusive Nonesuch recording artist, Mr. 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 and 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 has been ranked among the most distinguished recordings of this repertoire. Other recording highlights include a series of Bach Partitas, a duo recording with soprano Dawn Upshaw, and Mozart piano concertos with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

A native of New York, Richard Goode studied with Elvira Szigeti and Claude Frank, with Nadia Reisenberg at the Mannes College of Music, and with Rudolf Serkin at the Curtis Institute. His numerous prizes over the years include a Grammy award for his recording of the Brahms Sonatas with clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, the Avery Fisher Prize, the Young Concert Artists Award, and First Prize in the Clara Haskil Competition. His first public performances of the complete cycle of Beethoven sonatas at Kansas City’s Folly Theater and New York’s 92Y in 1987–1988 brought him to international attention, and was hailed by the New York Times as “among the season’s most important and memorable events.” It was later performed with great success at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall in 1994 and 1995.

Mr. Goode served, together with Mitsuko Uchida, as co-artistic director of the Marlboro Music School and Festival in Marlboro, Vermont from 1999 through 2013. Participating initially at the age of 14, at what the New Yorker magazine recently described as “the classical world’s most coveted retreat,” he has made a notable contribution to this unique community over the 28 summers he has spent there. He is married to the violinist Marcia Weinfeld, and, when the Goodes are not on tour, they and their collection of some 5,000 books live in New York City.

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Please visit Richard Goode online at for additional information about touring, recordings, and special projects.