Bay Area Music Teachers Association 
Chartered in 1977
2012 Best of State Local Association

Autumn Artist Festival 2017
Guest Artist Richard Dowling

Thursday, Oct. 12
9:00 AM  
Friday, Oct. 13
STUDENTS of any age: $8
Saturday, Oct. 14

Clear Lake Presbyterian Church
1511 El Dorado Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77062
Refreshments will be served after the recital.


Hailed by The New York Times as an especially impressive fine pianist, RICHARD DOWLING appears regularly across the United States in solo recitals, at chamber music and jazz/ragtime festivals, and as a guest soloist in concerto performances with orchestras. He has been acclaimed by audiences for his elegant and exciting style of playing which earns him frequent return engagements. Career highlights include a sold-out New York orchestral debut at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, solo recitals at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall in New York, and a special award from the National Federation of Music Clubs recognizing his outstanding performances of American music. Mr. Dowling has presented solo recitals in the Far East, South America, Australia, Africa, and Europe. Works of Chopin, Ravel, Gershwin, Gottschalk and   ragtime figure prominently in his repertoire.

On April 1, 2017 Mr. Dowling performed the complete piano works of the renowned American ragtime composer Scott Joplin in two historic sold-out recitals at Carnegie Hall, exactly 100 years to the day Joplin died in New York. He is the first pianist to perform the complete cycle of Joplin's 53 rags, marches, waltzes and cakewalks in public. Throughout 2017 & 2018 Mr. Dowling will perform over 70 all-Joplin recitals nationwide in commemoration of the centennial of Joplin's death and the sesquicentennial of his birth. Rivermont Records recently released his new 3-CD set, The Complete Piano Works of Scott Joplin. Veteran celebrity ragtime pianist Max Morath says "Richard Dowling's mastery of the Joplin rags invokes a tenderness that charms us and a technical command that inspires
our admiration."

A native Texan, Richard Dowling began his piano studies in Houston at age five and his extraordinary musical talent quickly became evident. He made his orchestral debut in a Beethoven concerto performance with the Fort Worth Chamber Symphony at age eighteen. He received his bachelor’s degree in music
summa cum laude from the University of Houston. Subsequently, he earned a master’s degree at Yale University where he was honored with the Lockwood Award for performing the best solo recital and the Simonds Award for outstanding solo and ensemble playing, and a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin where he was awarded a graduate school full fellowship.