Praised for his “clear, expressive playing,” “mature display of pyrotechnics” and “sensitivity to harmonic and formal considerations,” pianist Richard Fountain has steadily garnered praise for his versatile work. Besides entrancing audiences with “runs … at times light as a feather, other times strong as iron,” he is an accomplished teacher, adjudicator, choral, vocal, and chamber collaborator, and orchestral keyboardist.
A 2013 third-prize winner for The American Prize in Solo Piano, his debut CD, “American Ivory,” featuring solo piano works of Edward MacDowell, Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland, and Gary D. Belshaw, is available on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify.
This proud Nebraskan was homeschooled throughout his pre-college years. Fountain first studied with his mother Judy, and later with David Gerard. He then studied with Leon Harshenin at Taylor University and with Paul Barnes at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He holds the positions of Principal Keyboard with both Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra and the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra. Fountain has appeared as concerto soloist with the Marion Philharmonic Orchestra, the UNL Symphony Orchestra, Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra, and the Plainview Symphony Orchestra. Other collaborative highlights include the American Liszt Festival, the International Double Reed Society, the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest, and the Texas Music Teachers Association Convention.
Highlights from the 2015-2016 season include solo recitals at the Steinway showrooms in Fort Worth, Plano, Dallas, and Houston, appearing as harpsichord soloist in the Bach E-major Concerto with Chamber Music Amarillo, and serving as a staff pianist for the 2015 International Horn Competition of America. Fountain also finds particular fulfillment in performing numerous vocal, instrumental, choral, and chamber programs with students, faculty, and guest artists at Wayland Baptist University, where he is Associate Professor of Collaborative Piano.
Fountain studied fortepiano with Ann Chang at UNL and has participated in workshops and masterclasses with Malcolm Bilson, Bart van Oort, David Breitman and Andrew Willis. Fountain also participated in the inaugural Westfield International Fortepiano Competition, and remains an ardent student of historical performance practice on both period and modern instruments.
Fountain is an active member of the American Liszt Society and the Texas Music Teachers Association, and recently served as President of the Lubbock Music Teachers Association. He also directs the choir and serves as a chanter at St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church in Lubbock, Texas. You can follow him on Twitter @huskermaestro, or at his website, www.richardfountainpianist.com.