Andrés Segovia's last direct pupil praised him as "a truly innovative musician of the 21st century." Since taking the stage at twelve he has given over 1,000 public performances ranging from Baroque, Classical, Modern, Spanish, and Latin to to Bossa Nova, Jazz, and Pop music.
Rich Barry has performed solo and chamber recitals in New York, Las Vegas, Miami, Los Angeles, Quebec, Tokyo, Amsterdam, and London. Notable past venues of performances include The Kennedy Center, The Top of the Standard, Vizcaya Museum, Domaine Forget and The Academy of Arts and Sciences at Harvard. Rich has provided music services for Google, USA Today, Elle, and NBCUniversal Cable Group.
He has donated his time and performances for awareness and funding on behalf of The Clark Education Trust of the Smithsonian Institute, USA Today’s Make a Difference Day hosted by Andy Cohen, The Junior Committee for The New York Center for Children Hosted by Martha Stewart and The Ronald McDonald Foundation.
Rich started guitar lessons at the age of four and at nine gave his first major public performance at Steadman Auditorium of Mansfield University. Study during his teenage years with Dr. Pablo Cohen, the professor of guitar at Ithaca College and Cornell University guided Rich Barry to The Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University where he was awarded the prestigious Rose and Leon J. Neilburg Scholarship followed by 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.