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April 1, 2020
Director of Lake City String Academy
Rick Rowley’s musical life is characterized by variety. Early this year he performed MacDowell’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Peter Bay and the Austin Symphony Orchestra and Bernstein’s “Age of Anxiety” with the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra and guest conductor, Marcelo Lehninger. He was pianist for the Houston Saengerbund’s German Lieder competition and the French American Vocal Academy’s Grand Concours du Chant for French Art Song. This spring has included numerous chamber music concerts and his third guest artist appearance with choral group Ars Longa. This summer he is again serving as artistic director of the Butler Opera Center Young Artists’ Program, playing chamber, vocal and choral concerts for the Texas Bach Festival, and helping Peter Bay with rehearsals for the Bernstein “Mass”. He is also continuing his series of the complete Mozart Piano Sonatas for Mozart Festival Texas in San Antonio.
Mr. Rowley has made several recordings of solo piano repertoire, chamber music and art songs. His second CD with flutist, Marianne Gedigian, was one of the first recordings issued on the UT Longhorn label. He has recorded piano music of Chopin, Liszt, Granados, Mompou and American composers David Guion, Richard Cumming, Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber. His recordings with sopranos Cheryl Parrish and Mela Dailey also feature music of American composers.
Mr. Rowley is on the faculty of the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas. He coaches singers and works with collaborative pianists, has taught classes in German, French and American art song, singing and acting for musical theater and a history of musical theater on Broadway. He has appeared twice as soloist with Gerhardt Zimmermann and the UTSO and performed concerti of Mozart and Beethoven with student ensembles and conductors. He is heard frequently on broadcasts of live performances from the BSOM and his solo piano performances have earned him the Austin Critics’ Table award for Instrumentalist of the Year and 10 Best Performances of Music and Dance by the Austin Chronicle.
As the result of an equestrian accident, Mr. Rowley did not play publicly for several years. During that time, he became involved in theater and has been part of over 50 productions as actor, director and musical director. He has acted in plays ranging from Shakespeare and Marivaux to first productions of contemporary playwrights. In addition to performing and teaching for FAVA in France, he directed Mozart’s two one-act operas, “Bastien und Bastienne” and “Der Schauspieldirektor”, for their program in Salzburg. He has appeared with the Austin Symphony as an actor in two “Beyond the Score” presentations and an evening dedicated to the music of Silvestre Revueltas. He played the role of Frosch in a production of “Die Fledermaus” at the Butler Opera Center and continues to be a frequent speaker in concerts involving the spoken word.