Briar Cliff receives $75K grant for Professor of Music's artist-in-residence program

Briar Cliff receives $75K grant for Professor of Music's artist-in-residence program

Richard Steinbach
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Dr. Richard Steinbach (pictured) will use a recent $75,000 artist-in-residence grant from the M.A. Martin Everist Foundation to teach concert series and master piano classes to aspiring performers in Siouxland.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Briar Cliff University recently received a grant from the M.A. Martin Everist Foundation for $75,000, which the University will use to enrich the performing arts in the tri-state area through the work of Dr. Richard Steinbach, professor of music at BCU.

The goal of the M.A. Martin Everist Foundation Artist-in-Residence program — the first of its kind for performing solo artists in the region – is to engage a wide audience in the Siouxland and the tri-state area, through an organization that is working to expand community awareness and involvement in art and cultural activities.

Briar Cliff will fulfill this goal by offering innovative, contemporary and enriching concert series and master classes, taught by Steinbach — an internationally renowned and award-winning pianist.

“This grant project will enrich the arts in Siouxland and generate interest in new music," said Dr. Todd Knealing, interim vice president for academic affairs at Briar Cliff. "It will do so by providing a yearly concert series featuring Dr. Steinbach; professional development for a local faculty artist, building institutional capacity for performing arts teaching; free master classes by Dr. Steinbach for aspiring music students throughout the region; increasing access to students and rural/underserved communities by offering complimentary concert admission; and creating fundraising opportunities for non-profit arts and humanitarian organizations through these concert events.”

These concerts will introduce audiences to an exciting new body of international music premiered by Steinbach.

“I am extremely honored to have this opportunity to perform and to work with young music students as the M. A. Martin Everist Foundation Artist-in Residence,” said Dr. Steinbach. “This prestigious foundation grant will enable me to reach a wider audience in the surrounding region as well as nationally and internationally.”

Steinbach is currently a Professor of Music at Briar Cliff, where he has taught since 1980. He holds degrees in piano performance from the University of Colorado, the Eastman School of Music, and the Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Iowa. Post-doctoral work includes study and master classes with Dominique Merlet, Noel Lee, Roy Howat, Pascal Devoyon, Dorothy Taubman and John Bloomfield.

Steinbach performed his solo debut recital at Carnegie Hall in New York on June 12, 2015. Steinbach’s Carnegie Hall debut featured the premiere of his seventh CD titled FUSION: New Music for a New Age, and was the culminating event for the international “Fusion Project” that Steinbach launched in 2013. Steinbach has performed extensively as both soloist and collaborative artist in concerts throughout the United States, Canada, France, Italy, Great Britain, South America (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru), Honduras, New Zealand, Jamaica, South Korea, Japan and The People’s Republic of China. As the grand prizewinner in the France Piano International Competition, he performed his solo debut recital at the Salle Cortot in Paris in January 1996.

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