Richard Valitutto

One of the busiest and most versatile pianists in town…all around go-to new music specialist” (Los Angeles Times), Richard Valitutto is an emphatic and dedicated performer of compositions for the piano that span the instrument’s entire existence. Described by the Los Angeles Times as a “vivid soloist,” “quietly dazzling,” and “vigorously virtuosic,” he is a soloist, chamber musician, vocal accompanist, and composing/improvising creative artist. His soloistic charisma and flexible collaborative artistry have made him a highly sought-after pianist for his tenacity in bringing dynamic life to scores in the spirit of integrated collaboration and informed understanding. 

Richard has cultivated a stylistically omnivorous taste and dexterous technique that have enabled him to work with numerous composers including John Adams, Brian Ferneyhough, Sofia Gubaidulina, John Harbison, David Lang, George Lewis, Meredith Monk, and Steve Reich. He has premiered works by Timo Andres, Christopher Cerrone, Nicholas Deyoe, Daví∂ Brynjar Franzson, Ted Hearne, Missy Mazzoli, Andrew Nathaniel McIntosh, and Wolfgang von Schweinitz, among many others.

Richard is a founding member of both the chamber orchestra/creative collective wild Up – named in the “Best Classical Music of 2015” by the NY Times – as well as the new music quartet gnarwhallaby, called “startlingly versatile” (NY Times) in their Carnegie Hall debut. He has performed with the LA Philharmonic, Opera Omaha, Monday Evening Concerts, Piano Spheres, Omaha Under the Radar, wasteLAnd, Brooklyn Art Song Society, MicroFest, People Inside Electronics, and Jacaranda. Additional projects include productions by Beth Morrison Projects and LA Opera, The Industry, The Hammer Museum, LACMA, and the Green Umbrella series. He is featured on critically acclaimed recordings for Bridge, New World, hat[now]ART, Populist, pfMENTUM, and Bôłt Records labels. His compositions and arrangements have been performed by What’s Next? Ensemble, Panic Duo, gnarwhallaby, and wild Up.