A native of North Carolina, Richey received his high school diploma from the University of N.C. School of the Arts, his Bachelor of Music degree from the St. Louis Conservatory of Music, and his Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School. Hailed by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for his "No-nonsense pianism!" he made his New York debut with pianist Pamela Mia Paul as guest duo-soloist with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall. He has appeared both in solo and chamber music recitals throughout the United States. His performances have been aired on National Public Radio and Voice of America Radio, which is broadcast worldwide. He taught for ten years at the renowned Third Street Music School Settlement in New York City and directed their esteemed chamber music program and is currently a member of the Piano Faculty at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University Long Beach.
Mr. Richey’s students have been regular winners of the Bob Cole Conservatory Concerto Competition and have frequently garnered first and second prizes in solo and concerto competitions in California. His students have been accepted into both piano performance and collaborative piano programs at USC, UCLA, Cincinnati Conservatory, Indiana University, Manhattan School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory and the Peabody Institute. He is also a frequent adjudicator at competitions throughout the Southwest.
As a performer, Richey has collaborated with such notable artists as cellist Lynn Harrell, soprano Clamma Dale, clarinetist Daniel McKelway, and violinists Pamela Frank and Elaine Richey. Elaine Richey (1932-1997), Craig’s mother, was winner of the 1959 Walter Naumburg Competition and assistant to Ivan Galamian at the Curtis Institute. In addition to Richey’s career as pianist and teacher, he is a successful film composer. Visit craigrichey.com for more information about his film work.