Rich Barry is a musical Zelig demonstrating a diverse career as a soloist and collaborator. Eliot Fisk, 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 called a portrait of “talent, technique and musical instinct” by Fanfare Magazine. In 2016 Rich Barry gave performances in New York, Las Vegas, Tokyo, Amsterdam Baltimore, and London.
Since the age of twelve he has performed over fifteen hundred times at a broad range of events throughout the world. Notable venues in the past include The Kennedy Center, The Academy of Arts and Sciences, Rockefeller Center, The Boom Boom Room of the Standard, Hyde of The Bellagio, 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 NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.
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 Theater, The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, and The Ronald McDonald Foundation. 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.
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 of Mansfield University near his birthplace in the rural north-woods of Pennsylvania. By the age of twelve he had studied with instructors at The Julliard School, The Eastman School of Music, and The Interlochen Arts Academy. 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.