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American pianist, Richard Shuster, DMA, is Professor of Piano Studies at Texas
Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. He is a versatile pianist and a dedicated
pedagogue and mentor to a diverse class of piano students majoring in piano
performance, piano pedagogy, music therapy, music education and liberal arts/music. His
student-centered teaching integrates a natural approach to technique and focuses on
injury prevention, sound/color production, and musical style. In addition to applied piano,
Shuster teaches piano literature courses, accompanying, functional piano, and class piano.
He also directs Hungarian Music, a 2-week study-abroad course in Budapest, Hungary.
Shuster was awarded a Fulbright Scholar Grant to teach piano literature courses at the
Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary in 2019.
Shuster is in demand as a guest teacher and adjudicator, and he is an active performer of a
wide range of solo and chamber repertoire. He has performed the piano music of Gabriel
Fauré extensively in the U.S. and abroad and was a featured performer at the Focus on Piano Literature: Gabriel Fauré conference at the University of North Carolina
“Last but hardly least, pianist Richard Shuster gave a presentation of the Nocturnes,
playing six of them while significantly enhancing his listeners’ awareness and
appreciation of the magic Fauré wrought in them across a 46-year period, starting
around 1875. Stunning.” – John Lambert, Classical Voice of North Carolina
Shuster’s most recent CD, Gabriel Fauré: The Complete Nocturnes was received great
critical acclaim and can be found on the Fleur de Son label.
“Shuster… seems totally at home with this idiom. He brings each to life and has no
technical limitations. There is an insight here that only a master musician can bring.
Singing melodies, complex chromatic harmonies, and a surprising amount of
counterpoint are all balanced and shaped… Shuster’s legato playing serves the beautiful
melodic sections very well. It is rare to hear a disc so captivating… I will return to this
often.” – James Harrington, American Record Guide
In addition to performing solo repertoire, Shuster is an accomplished chamber music
performer and regularly collaborates on works large and small with accomplished
musicians in the north Texas region. He has performed with a number of local established
groups including Mount Vernon Music’s Orchard Ensemble and with musicians of the
Fort Worth Symphony on the Spectrum Chamber Music Society concert series.
“C’est l’heure exquise,” the singer sings in the third number of Gabriel Fauré’s La
bonne chanson (“The Good Song”). And so it was Wednesday evening at Texas Woman’s
University’s Margo Jones Hall, as tenor Derek Chester and pianist Richard Shuster
presented as exquisite an hour’s worth of music as could be imagined…the two musicians
shared rare sensitivity to texts, textures and harmonic subtleties.” – Scott Cantrell, Dallas
Recently, Shuster was featured as a guest soloist with the Texas Woman’s University
choirs in a rare performance of Enrique Granados’ Cant de les Estrelles, a colossal work
for piano solo, triple chorus, and organ.
Shuster has served as guest teacher and adjudicator at a variety of institutions in the
United States and abroad including the week-long Seattle Young Artists Music Festival.
He spent one month teaching, performing, and leading curriculum development activities
at St. Paul University Manila, Philippines as a Fulbright Specialist. He has also been a
guest teacher at the Vienna International Piano Academy in Austria, Marco Polo Festival
in Querceto, Italy, and Mukogawa Women’s University in Hyogo, Japan. Shuster has
traveled extensively throughout Taiwan serving as master class teacher and examiner for
the International Piano Performance Examination Committee.
Shuster earned the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music in Piano Performance
degrees from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and the Bachelor of
Music in Piano Performance degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.
Shuster was initiated as a National Arts Associate by Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity,
an award recognizing his accomplishments as a distinguished educator and performing