Headshot "The famous 30 variations we forever associate with Toronto wonder Glenn Gould sang and danced with care and zing. This was fun, "secular" playing, with many touches of whimsy joining attentive counterpoint. [...] Masters clearly has things to say as a Bach pianist, and the fluent skills to say them."

(Peter K. Mose, former critic for The Toronto Star, editor for Clavier magazine)

"...the young and serious pianist’s power and flawless technique were impressive."

(The Boston Musical Intelligencer)

"Richard Masters is an astounding pianist who did justice to Frazelle’s demanding score and set the mood and fueled climax of many of the songs. 'In the Night' [...] made very vivid the virtuosity of the pianist."

(Classical Voice of North Carolina)

Richard Masters is a soloist, opera coach, chamber musician and orchestral pianist based in Blacksburg, VA, where he is an assistant professor of piano and collaborative piano on the music faculty at Virginia Tech's School of Performing Arts.

Significant collaborations include concerts with baritone Donnie Ray Albert, mezzo-soprano Marta Senn, the late mezzo-soprano Barbara Conrad, and many others. He has appeared with former Boston Symphony principal trombonist Norman Bolter, former Juilliard String Quartet violinist Earl Carlyss, saxophonist Harvey Pittel, and under the baton of the late Lorin Maazel. Masters has performed solo, chamber and vocal recitals throughout the U.S. and in Europe.

As a solo pianist, Masters plays a wide variety of standard and non-traditional repertoire, including contemporary pieces written for or commissioned by him. A strong proponent of contemporary American composers, he has performed world premieres of pieces by Kenneth Frazelle, Charles Nichols, Kent Holliday, and many others. He is an enthusiastic performer of British music from the early 20th century, focusing in particular on the solo piano music of John Ireland. The critic John France wrote on MusicWeb International "Richard Masters approaches [John Ireland's Piano Sonata] with great style and understanding: all the facets of Ireland’s art are present here: ‘…the lyrical, the dramatic, the extrovert and the melancholy – the intense self-questioning and the open, almost naïve, avowals.’"

Masters recently appeared on the National Flute Association's keynote concert in "Wish," a work for flute and piano commissioned by Masters from flutist and composer Valerie Coleman. Other recent appearances include performances at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum's "Music at the Gardner" series, the San Francisco Conservatory, the Schola Cantorum in Paris, and concerts in Toronto and Trinidad/Tobago. In the 2017-2018 season, he will tour North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, and Georgia with Ariana Wyatt, soprano, and play a series of solo concerts in Alabama, Ohio, Illinois, New York, and West Virginia. He will also appear on the Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention's keynote recital, accompanying flutist Valerie Coleman.

His writings include an in-progress volume on American pianists, an article on the history of accompanying (American Music Teacher), and a life and discography of the Italian baritone Millo Picco (The Record Collector).

Richard Masters holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music (DMA), the Juilliard School (MM) and the University of Colorado at Boulder (BM).