With a focus on contemporary keyboard performance, including organ and harpsichord, Grammy-nominated pianist Richard Valitutto is a soloist, chamber musician, vocal accompanist, and composing/improvising creative with an active performance schedule that spans both coasts of the U.S., across the country, and abroad. Described as a “vivid soloist,” “vigorously virtuosic,” “quietly dazzling,” and “all around go-to new music specialist” (LA Times), he is a member of the critically acclaimed wild Up Modern Music Collective and the "startlingly versatile" (NY Times) quartet, gnarwhallaby. He regularly performs modern and contemporary art song with various singers and concert series and is one half of a composed-improvisation duo with saxophonist, musicologist, and composer Dave Wilson. Richard is a Sage Fellow in Cornell University’s Keyboard Studies DMA program. He holds degrees in piano performance from the California Institute of the Arts (MFA) and the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music (BM, summa cum laude).