Chinese-Canadian pianist Richard He has recently received the honor of being designated Canada’s Fifth Young Steinway Artist.
Richard was born in Chengdu, China, where he began studying piano at the age of four. After moving to Shenzhen with his family, he was given rigorous training by Chun Hu Zhou, the Piano Department Chair of Shenzhen University. Soon after, Richard won the first prize at the Shenzhen Piano Competition and performed with the world-renowned French pianist Richard Clayderman at Shenzhen Civic Center in front of 2500 people. The news outlets was impressed by how musical Richard was at such young age, even called him“the young superstar pianist of the next generation”.
After his family immigrated to Vancouver, Canada, Richard continued his piano study with Dr. Anna Levy from Moscow Conservatory, who studied with Margrita Feodorova---the apprentice of legendary pianist Heinrich Neuhaus. Richard received a merit scholarship in piano performance which enabled him to attend the prestigious Eastman School of Music in the United States and later graduate from Manhattan School of Music with master degree of Piano Performance and work with Jeffrey Cohen, the apprentice of legendary pianist Menahem Pressler at Manhattan School of Music in New York. Richard also has worked with renowned pianists such as Richard Goode, Dang Thai Son, Jerome Lowenthal and Robert McDonald, Julian Martin, Sara Buechner, Matti Raekallio, Edward Parker and Ian Parker.
Richard has participated in various international competitions and music festivals including Burnaby Clef and Vancouver Kiwanis, the Seattle International Young Artist Music Festival, the Gijón International Piano Festival in Spain, the Classical Bridge International Music Festival in New York, the Stepping Stone piano competition in Quebec, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra National Piano Competition. Richard has won numerous first prizes in local Vancouver music festivals and won third place honor in the Canadian Music Competition in 2008. In the same year, when an earthquake devastated cities in his hometown region in Sichuan China, while still in high school, Richard played at a benefit concert in Vancouver which successfully raised a substantial aid donation.
In August 2017, Richard took fourth place honor at the 9th International Rosario Marciano Piano Competition in Vienna, Austira.
In December 2017 Richard won the 1st prize in Rome Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition, and performed in Teatro Studio Borgna of Auditorium Parco Della Musica in Rome, Italy.
In February 2019 Richard participated in the Pacific Rim International Music Festival and was handed the Achievement Award by Steinway President & CEO Ron Losby.
In May 2019 Richard won the Third Prize in the Grand Prix International Music Competition Berlin (the First Place Vacancy).
In July 2019 Richard won the First Prize and Special Management Prize in Amsterdam Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition, and performed in Kleine Zaal, Concertgebouw Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
In January 2022 Richard awards the“Exceptional Teacher“in the Canada Joy of Music International Piano Competition 2022.
Ever since his debut with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at age of 18, Richard has frequently given solo recitals in Canada and China and been invited multiple times as a guest artist to perform at Vancouver Chinese New Year Gala and Vancouver Chinese Film Festival Award Ceremony.
In 2015, Richard dazzled both audience and local press with a concert that featuring both Beethoven’s majestic Fifth Piano Concerto “Emperor” and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 accompanied by the Sichuan Conservatory of Music Symphony Orchestra in Chengdu, China.
In 2018, invited by Yarilo Contemporary Music Society, Richard performed a two-piano version of Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 with his long-time teacher Dr. Anny Levy in downtown Vancouver.
As the winner of the 2018 International Shining Star Competition, Richard made his Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Concerti Sinfonietta performing Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in New York USA.
In October 2019 he was invited to perform Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 with the Sichuan Symphony Orchestra as one of the Opening Season artist for the New Sichuan Grand Theatre in Chengdu, China.
In September 2020, Richard was invited to perform in Toronto International Peace Festival---Music for Peace.
“Richard He is an extraordinary artist………….his music will touch and influence thousands of individual….”Ron Losby, President & CEO of Steinway & Sons.
“Richard is a superstar in classical music………” Julie Jordan, Artistic Director of New York Concerti Sinfonietta.