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Richard Blumenthal




Richard Blumenthal

Collaborative Pianist, Coordinator Student Accompanying Program

Hailing from Syracuse, New York, Richard M. Blumenthal has meandered his way through the country to arrive at Ohio University, where he serves as full-time collaborative pianist and coordinator of the student accompanying program.

A graduate from SUNY Fredonia with a B.M. in Piano Performance and Music Education with a string concentration, Richard also holds a master’s degree in Collaborative Piano from the University of Georgia. Previously employed as a staff pianist for Louisiana State University and most recently Middle Tennessee State University, he is hoping to find the geographic sweet spot between not too hot and not too cold. An active performer and collaborator, he has been a part of the Stones River Chamber Players, heard on WPLN Nashville Public Radio, and assisted in a variety of rehearsal and performative settings for the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts. Richard has been employed as a staff pianist for the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference, Southeast Tuba Euphonium Workshop, and the Mid South Flute Festival. While recent years have seen him dive deep into the modern saxophone repertoire through collaborations at Vanderbilt, University of Alabama, and others, Richard maintains wide ranging classical interests, having served as rehearsal and performance pianist for Red Shift, a professional choir specializing in postmodern and rarely performed works, as well as for numerous collegiate and church choirs in Louisiana, Georgia, and Tennessee. Experience as music director or repetiteur for productions at Manship Theatre in Baton Rouge, LA, Nickel City Opera Company in Buffalo, NY, and Town & Gown Players in Athens, GA have served to further round out his flexible abilities.

In addition to frequent collaborative work, Richard maintains variety in other diverse settings as a recording hobbyist & session musician for genres spanning from lofi to mathrock to progressive metal. He has travelled the US as pianist and touring bassist for Boston-based Aviations and Chicago natives Outrun the Sunlight respectively, and as a composer has released four albums of original music with drummer James Knoerl that have been described as “astonishingly complex and tightly played music” as well as “SO unpleasant to listen to”. When taking a break from rehearsing, Richard enjoys constantly rearranging his home with wife Allison, and entertaining his innumerable cats.