Richard Glazier

Pianist/ Humorist/Cultural Historian
Symphony and PAC shows available
Community Outreach and Master Classes
Classical Symphony Soloist
Richard Glazier...Pianist, Humorist & Cultural Historian

Introducing Richard Glazier!

Programs Offered: He’s Playing Our Song!, Gershwin - Remembrance and Discovery, Broadway to Hollywood and A Salute to Judy Garland and Friends

Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, Glazier began studying piano when he was 6 years old. Trained in the classics, Glazier earned Bachelor and Master degrees in Piano Performance from Indiana University School of Music, Bloomington, where he studied with famed pianist and teacher, Menaham Pressler, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

In addition to Ira Gershwin's blessings, Glazier has received the Alumni Achievement Award from the Cleveland Institute of Music for his contributions to the American Popular Song. He also won several major international piano competitions including the Pro Musicis International Award and the National Federation of Music Clubs' Grand Prize. He also has the distinction of being selected as a Steinway Artist.

Concert Career

Glazier's passion for the rich cultural heritage of early 20th-century America led him to create special programs celebrating the era---the music, the composers, the performers, old-time Broadway shows and movie musicals. In these concerts, Glazier plays the piano and weaves in commentary on the history behind the songs, telling fascinating stories about the composers, the shows, the films and the stars, sharing funny anecdotes and showing rare vintage images and film clips. He has performed these multi-media programs in every state of the union, at the United Nations, the Smithsonian Institute, and Carnegie Hall.

Glazier is also committed to performing for those less fortunate---people who seldom have the chance to hear live music. Through the auspices of the Pro Musicis organization, he has done community service concerts in every conceivable venue from prisons to homeless shelters, from retirement homes to elementary schools.

Television Specials

Glazier's concerts have inspired two national PBS television specials: "From Gershwin to Garland - A Musical Journey With Richard Glazier", and "From Ragtime to Reel Time - Richard Glazier in Concert".

Glazier has won multiple awards for his television shows, including four Telly Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Entertainment, Documentary and Cultural Programming.

For more information, or to book Richard for your next season or event, contact us!


Richard Glazier has Gershwin in his soul.'' 
- Michael Feinstein
Two Transcriptions of Percy Grainger  of Gershwin Standards were relaxed, tender  and carefully voiced.'' 
- The New York Times
'Embraceable You' and 'Somebody Love Me' are opportunities  for Glazier to  phrase  with 
affection as  he dances  smoothly  about  the keyboard.'' 
- Cleveland  Plain Dealer
"Richard Glazier's thoughtful performance captures his intimate charm, with suppleness and sensitivity"
- Fanfare
Gershwin's piano music finds an exquisite voice in  Richard Glazier. '' 
- Clavier
It was his engrossing performance of the signature piece  'Rhapsody in  Blue' that highlighted the concert. He gave a commanding performance, delicate and powerful.'' 
-  Indianapolis Star
The playing was exceptional. Meticulous with detailing and touch, free and easy with pulse'' 
- Los  Angeles  Times