American pianist Richard Goode was born in New York on June 1, 1943. His two principal teachers were Nadia Reisenberg and Rudolf Serkin, although he also worked intermittently with Mieczyslaw Horszowski. In 1962, he made his New York recital debut. In the following years he became especially identified with the chamber music literature, through performances at the Marlboro Festival (of which he is now co-director) and with the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society. Goode gradually expanded his horizons into the standard solo repertoire, performing and recording all the Beethoven sonatas plus major works of Bach, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Mozart, Schubert, and Schumann. He has also played new works by such composers as George Perle and Robert Helps. Goode is the winner of the 1973 Clara Haskil Competition and was also awarded the Avery Fisher prize. His concertizing has now extended to five continents and his recordings for Nonesuch have earned critical acclaim.
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