"...His music is beautiful." - Martha Stewart, "...a dynamic and charming musical performer"- Katie Crown, Elle, "Your music was the perfect ambiance"- Molly Wolfsehr, Google, "...we were blown away by your talent" - Mary Alice Stephenson, VH1. The last direct pupil of Andrés Segovia praised him as "a truly innovative musician of the twenty first century”. In 2015 his album “Guitarist” was a called a portrait of “talent, technique and musical instinct” by Fanfare Magazine. In 2016 Rich Barry gave performances in Amsterdam, New York, Las Vegas, Tokyo, Baltimore, Oranjestad, and London.
Rich Barry is a musical zelig demonstrating a diverse career as a soloist and collaborator. Notable concert venues of Rich Barry include the The Kennedy Center, The American Academy of the Arts and Sciences, The Harvard Club of Boston, Rockefeller Center, The Boom Boom Room, Salle Françoys-Bernier Hall, Peggy and Yale Gordon Center for Performing Arts, Andrew Mellon Auditorium, The George Washington Masonic National Memorial Hall, Vizcaya Museum, Academy of Art Museum and The Frank Lloyd Wright Pope-Leighey House.
Rich Barry's dedication and passion of performance is equally matched with his advocacy of arts and music. In 2010 he was invited to perform at the second annual National Cultural Heritage Exchange in Washington DC. This exchange on Capitol Hill brought together ten federal agencies and twelve national entities including the National Endowment for the Arts and The President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. He has donated his time and performances with outreach work through the Candlelight Concert Society, Elev8, Every Man Theatre, The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, and The Ronald McDonald Foundation.
Since starting guitar lessons at the age of four the life of Rich Barry has been dedicated to a career of the guitar through extensive education and experiences. At age nine he gave his first major public performance at Steadman Auditorium. By the age of twelve he had already studied with nine university level instructors, attended conservatory preparatory at Juilliard, Eastman and Interlochen and had won several music competitions. Study with Dr. Pablo Cohen, the professor of guitar at Ithaca College and Cornell University guided Rich Barry to The Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University where he was awarded the prestigious Rose and Leon J. Neiburg Scholarship followed by a full graduate teaching assistant scholarship. While at Peabody, Rich studied with the esteemed pedagogue and performer Julian Gray, the current chair of Peabody's guitar department.