Rich Coburn is a freelance pianist, vocal coach, organist, arranger, and composer. He is a founding member of the vocal chamber ensemble Quintus 4. He also trains freelancers to improve their negotiation and communication. Known for his “subtle and nuanced playing,” Rich made his orchestral debut at 17 with the Youth Symphony of the Kootenays and has since appeared in concert throughout Canada, the United States, Italy, France, Austria, and China.
Rich has worked as a coach at Virginia Opera, L’Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal and Opera McGill, as well as Music Director for Jeunesses Musicales du Canada and Cowtown Opera. He is currently Music Director and Organist at the Anglican Parish of St. Lawrence.
A graduate of McGill’s Artist Diploma program studying collaborative piano with Michael McMahon, Rich also holds a Masters and a Bachelors (from McGill and the University of Calgary), as well as an Associate of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, and an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto diplomas. He is an alumnus of the Tanglewood Music Centre, Music Academy of the West, as well as the Franz Schubert Institute.
Rich is fascinated by the compositional procedures of the very late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and has developed a unique method of analysis for this repertoire. He is passionate about discovering and performing new music, and old music in new ways. His favourite musical experience is playing two piano repertoire with his twin brother.