Piano Recital with Guest Artist Richard Cionico

Please join us for the piano recital "Musical Moments" with Guest Artist Richard Cionco, featuring works from Handel, Liszt, Chopin and Wagner (arranged by Liszt), Rachmaninov and Mr. Cionco's own Six Postcards, October 4, at 1:00 PM at Winifred Smith Hall. This concert is free and open to the public.


"Harmonious Blacksmith" Variations ,  George Frederic Handel (1685-1759)

Six Postcards (2008- 14), Richard Cionco  (b. 1964)
Ice Cream on Walnut
For Brno
R Street
In Flight
A Sunny Night

Chant polonais "My Joys," Chopin-Liszt  (1811-1886)

La lugubre gondola, No. 2 , Franz Liszt

Isolde's Liebestod , Wagner-Liszt


Six Musical Moments, Opus 16 , Sergei Rachmaninov.(1873-1943)

    Andante cantabile
    Adagio sostenuto

Mr. Cionco is a Steinway Artist


Pianist Richard Cionco, praised by Donald Henahan of the New York Times for his “sensitive pianism,” has performed as soloist with orchestras, as chamber musician, and as a recitalist on three continents.

A Steinway Artist, Mr. Cionco is a graduate of the University of Maryland and The Juilliard School.  Important chamber music performances include those at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the Festival of New American Music in Sacramento, the Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival in Germany, the Schlern International Music Festival in Italy, and at the Orfeo Music Festival in Italy.  Concerto appearances include those in Central Europe, Taiwan, throughout the U.S., and in Japan where his performance of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3 was aired live on television.

He has performed in recital in nearly every major U.S. city and his performances of Liszt’s complete 12 Transcendental Etudes have brought him rave reviews.  Recently, he performed in Los Angeles, Mendocino, Santa Rosa, and at Hunter College in New York City, New Mexico State University, the University of New Mexico, Kent State University, Florida State University, University of Alberta in Canada, Stetson University, Pensacola State University, the University of Florida,  Auburn University, San Jose State University, the Chicago College of Performing Arts, the Great Music in Scarborough Series in New York, the University of Nevada Las Vegas, University of Nevada Reno, Tulane University in New Orleans, in Anchorage, AK, and dozens more.  This year marks his fifth annual solo recital appearance at the Samsø Piano Festival in Denmark, and his fourteenth summer teaching and performing at the Orfeo Music Festival in Northern Italy.

Mr. Cionco has recorded solo and chamber music by Daniel Kingman for innova records and his first solo CD, Latin American Music for Solo Piano, on the Centaur Records label received rave reviews, notably by the American Record Guide. He has given master classes, lectures, recitals and has served as adjudicator in both China and Hong Kong a dozen times.  In 2012, he released a solo CD of Beethoven’s late piano music, and a CD of music by American composer, Sunny Knable, both on the Centaur Records label.

Mr. Cionco was a Teaching Fellow for David Dubal at The Juilliard School for four years and is presently Professor of Piano at California State University, Sacramento where he teaches, performs, and composes.  His students perform in concerto, chamber, and solo appearances far and wide, and many have gone on to teach in private studios and at the college level.


October 4, 2019 - 1:00pm