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Biography

David Riley is Professor and Director of Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music at the University of Oregon, where he joined the music faculty in 2004. He holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Jean Barr and Anne Epperson, respectively.

Dr. Riley has received rave reviews throughout the U.S. and Canada, including "Absolutely exquisite technique" (New York Concert Review), "A soloist's dream, star quality, gifted and sensitive ..." (Billings Gazette), “a superb collaborator” (Strad Magazine). He has extensive experience as a professional recitalist, frequently performing at many of North America's most prestigious venues such as Merkin Hall with the New York Philharmonic Chamber Players, the National Art Gallery in Washington D.C., Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago, Bargemusic (NYC), the Gardner Museum in Boston, the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., the 92nd St. Y in New York City, Bellas Artes in San Juan P.R., National Sawdust (Brooklyn, NYC), the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, and Salle de Concert Pollack in Montreal, among others.

Previously a vocal coach at the Manhattan School of Music, he has performed at the Kammermusikfest Kloster Kamp in Linfort, Germany with principal string players from throughout Europe (Frankfurt Opera Concertmaster, NDR Symphony Orchestra Principal Cello (Hamburg), etc.) chamber music concerts at the Oregon Bach Festival (including with legendary baritone Thomas Quasthoff & tenor Nicholas Phan), Lake Tahoe with Kronos Quartet cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, and was a guest artist at Stanford University as a member of the new music ensemble Beta Collide. Dr. Riley has been featured on dozens of radio broadcasts including BBC Radio with renowned pianist Jeffrey Kahane (Mendelssohn 4-hands), NPR Performance Today & Morning Edition, CBC National Radio, and WQXR and WNYC in New York City.

Dr. Riley’s awards include the 2008 Canadian Independent Music Awards ‘Favorite Classical CD’ and ‘Best Music’ at the 2007 Silver Wave Film Festival for performances of Beethoven, Ives, and Kroll on CBC Television. Along with violinist Jasper Wood, he received the 2004 East Coast Music Award ‘Best Classical Recording’ for a CD of works for violin and piano of Igor Stravinsky. Other artists with whom he has concertized include violinsts Juyoung Baek, Jennifer Frautschi, Ilya Gringolts, Phillipe Quint, Giora Schmidt, and Zvi Zeitlin, violist Lawrence Dutton (Emerson Quartet), cellists Denise Djokic and Jesus Morales, and clarinetists Carey Bell, Alex Fiterstein, and Ricardo Morales.

Honors: 
  • “Favourite Classical CD”, 2008 Canadian Independent Music Awards
  • “Best Music”, 2007 Silver Wave Film Festival
  • ‘Best Classical Recording’, 2004 East Coast Music Award