Montreal based pianist and organist Rich Coburn is known for his intelligent and insightful interpretation, his ease in intellectually difficult repertoire, and his versatility as a musician. He made his orchestral debut at 17 with the Youth Symphony of the Kootenays, and has since appeared in concert across North America, in Italy, France, Austria, and China. Though his primary work is as a vocal collaborator and coach he also balances an active schedule as an organist, an arranger, a composer, and a choral director.
Mr. Coburn holds an Artist Diploma in collaborative piano studying under Michael McMahon, and a Masters of Music focusing on solo piano repertoire studying with Dr. Sara Laimon, both from McGill University. He also holds Associate Diplomas from the Royal Canadian College of Organists, and the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Calgary. He has spend summers at the Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West, Toronto Summer Music; the Art of Song, the Franz Schubert Institute, and the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy.
Mr. Coburn’s deep love of twentieth century music, and his intellectual inclination have lead him to develop his own system of analysis for this repertoire. His research in this area began with Scriabin’s Fifth Piano Sonata, and has expanded to include repertoire from virtually every period and style.
Mr. Coburn finds his ideal collaborator in his identical twin brother Mike, also a professional pianist. They greatly enjoy playing duets and repertoire for two pianos.