Rich Barry


Guitarist Eliot Fisk, who was the last direct pupil of Andrés Segovia, praised Rich Barry as “a truly innovative musician of the 21st century”. Rich is a musical zelig with a diverse performance career as a soloist and collaborator with over two-thousand gigs in 29 states and 11 countries. Rich Barry has been interviewed on WYPR 88.1 – NPR News “The Art of The Classical Guitar” by Tom Hall and has performed for segments on affiliated stations of NBC, CBS, Fox and Hearst Television and on many podcasts.Notable past music projects include NBC Universal Cable’s Chairman Bonnie Hammer’s “Erase the Hate” 20th anniversary event, Maryland Live’s “Chairman’s Club” night with Dan Rather at the Smithsonian, MasterCard’s “Priceless” campaign, ELLE’s fourth annual “Washington’s Women in Power List”, USA Today’s “Make a Difference Day” hosted by Andy Cohen and Lester Holt, a private performance for Juan Carlos, the former King of Spain, and for MS Media’s “Sunset on the Hudson” hosted by Martha Stewart.Rich Barry’s dedication and passion of performance are equally matched with his advocacy of arts and music education. He has performed at the National Cultural Heritage Exchange in Washington DC, American University, Marymount University, The Foxcroft School and at the Delaware School of Music. Past teaching positions for Rich Barry include The Levine School of Music, The Baltimore School for the Arts and The Community Colleges of Baltimore County.Rich started guitar lessons at the age of four and at nine gave his first major public performance at Steadman Auditorium of Mansfield University. During his teenage years he studied with Dr. Pablo Cohen, the professor of guitar at the Ithaca College of Music, which prepared Rich Barry for The Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. Upon admission he was awarded the prestigious Rose and Leon J. Neilburg Scholarship and a full graduate teaching assistant scholarship. While at Peabody, Rich studied with the esteemed pedagogue and performer Julian Gray, the current chair of Peabody’s guitar department.

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