To my friends: It is somewhat debatable whether or not the design of furniture and other utilitarian works are worthy of qualifying as 'fine art'. I too am not sure, although I do recognize and acknowledge the talent it takes to be truly original and 'artistic' in one's pursuit of such a thing. In this spirit I am posting some of my works of furniture / utilitarian pieces. Thank you. - GPR
G. PETER RICHARDS
Born in New York City 2/26/55. Originally trained as a classical pianist and composer. Mr. Richards studied composition at Manhattan School of Music in New York City with Maestro Nicholas Flagello, Giampaolo Brocali, and Elias Tannenbaum - with whom he received his first of many to come, taste of serious electronic music. He studied musical theory with the world renound composer and educator Ludmila Ulehla and Mme. Ursula Mamlok.
At the age of 22, Mr Richards was honored with an invitation to be the guest artist on WQXR, NY's 'Young Artists in Concert' program, which featured young promising classical musicians. This program was geared toward performers rather than composers, who would perform live on the air, followed by an interview with the program's host. In the case of Mr. Richards, he arrived at the studio with a team of musician friends of his from the conservatory who performed his Etude for string quartet, along with a variety of short pieces for woodwind quartet. The live on the air interview came as a total surprise to Mr. Richards, who, no matter how hard he tried, could NOT talk his way out of it.
The following year, Mr Richards was again honored by having a new work of his for chamber ensemble and soprano, (text by poet, Russel Edson), performed at Carnegie Recital Hall, in New York City, under the direction of the world famous contemporary composer and flutist Mr. Harvey Sollberger. This was to be the World Priemier of this piece and the entire concert that evening was reviewed by the New York Times in an artical which appeared in the Sunday Arts and Leisure Section of the Newspaper. The review was favorable, and Mr. Richards' career as a contemporary music composer continued.
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My involvement in the arts runs throughout my entire life, beginning with piano lessons at age four....(I have a brother 13 months older than I who also began piano lessons at that time).
Our music instruction was in classical music, which was coupled with week-ends at the New York City Museums, (Guggenheim Museum of Modern Art, New York's Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Natural History, concerts at Lincoln Center, annual Nutcracker performances, etc., etc. Now, to make an even longer story very short, I ended up as a composition major at Manhattan School of Music. In my mid sophmore year I was invited to be a guest on New York's WQXR radio stations's 'Young Artists in concert' program which primarily focused on music performers rather than composers.. I'm not sure whether or not this particular program is still running. In anycase, I had some friends from school join me in filling an hour long program of my music followed by a LIVE on air interview of me...with no prior warning! I'll never forget that night. I was about 23 years old (maybe 24), and as nervous as can be...but it was really something great in my eyes at the time! Anyway, approximately 6 months or so later I was involved in organizing a concert in New York City's Carnegie Recital Hall, which included the world premier performance of a piece I had just finished composing for soprano and chamber ensemble, based on the text of a poem written by Russel Edson. The concert was reviewed by, (and appeared in) the Sunday New York Times newspaper's 'Arts and Leisure' section. the reviews were more or less neutral....which at the time was just great for me...I'm not sure how well versed the writer was with contemporary music. (When I say 'contemporary' music, I am speaking of music in the style of Anton Webern, Pierre Boulez, George Crumb, and the like.
Well gentlemen, in any case, how I got from there to here as a sculptor is quite another ordeal which spans quite a few years filled with many , many episodes of various kinds which I'd be happy to discuss with whomever at a more appropriate time.
A website where one may look at the sculptures which were responsible for getting me a favourable review by Agora Gallery, (and will most likely be exhibited there - if I can procure the funding)is: