Inside the gig

“You’re always going to play well if you’re a trained musician. The things that make it better are the details and the logistics. There are so many great performers, sometimes that’s the only way you really can stand out.” – Rich Barry

Richard Barry

Rich Barry is a musical zelig demonstrating a diverse career as a soloist and collaborator. The last direct pupil of Andrés Segovia praised him as "a truly innovative musician of the twenty first century”. In 2015 his album “Guitarist” was a called a portrait of “talent, technique and musical instinct” by Fanfare Magazine.

In 2016 Rich Barry gave performances in New York, Las Vegas, Tokyo, Baltimore, Oranjestad, and London. Notable venues of Rich Barry include The Kennedy Center, Rockefeller Center, The Boom Boom Room, Bellagio Hyde, Salle Françoys-Bernier Hall, Andrew Mellon Auditorium and Vizcaya Museum. A true pioneering musical entrepreneur, Rich has performed for several companies including Google, USA Today, Elle, Martha Stewart and Ted Talks.

Rich Barry’s dedication and passion of performance are equally matched with his advocacy of arts and music. In 2010 he was invited to perform at the second annual National Cultural Heritage Exchange in Washington DC. This exchange on Capitol Hill brought together ten federal agencies and twelve national entities including the National Endowment for the Arts and The President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. 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, The Everyman Theatre, The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, and The Ronald McDonald Foundation.

Since starting guitar lessons at the age of four, the life of Rich Barry has been dedicated to a career of the guitar through extensive education and experiences. At age nine he gave his first major public performance at Steadman Auditorium. By the age of twelve he had already studied with nine university level instructors, attended conservatory preparatory at Juilliard, Eastman and Interlochen and had won several music competitions. Study 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. Neiburg 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.