Rich Barry was praised by the last direct pupil of Andrés Segovia as "a truly innovative musician of the 21st century". His career spans 30 years of dedication to the guitar as a soloist and in ensembles since the age of 5. He has appeared on WYPR 88.1 NPR News with Tom Hall "The Art of The Classical Guitar", "In Concert" on DC TV, "Hello Baltimore" on FOX45 and for music segments on WGAL TV, WHTM TV, and VH-1. In the last decade Rich has performed in New York, Knoxville, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Boca Grande, Las Vegas, Miami, Paris, Los Angeles, Mont Tremblant, Tokyo, Amsterdam, and London.
Rich Barry's repertoire ranges from Classical, Spanish, Jazz, and Basso Nova to Acoustic Alternative Rock and Pop covers.
Rich Barry has been contracted for corporations around the world including GE, The Washington Post, NBC, Google, GroupOn, NewsCorp, Bisnow, Gannett, USA Today, Mastercard, House of Cards, DEA, TedTalks, Amazon, Hugo Boss and Movado. He has performed academic recitals at Johns Hopkins University, American University, Catholic University, Georgetown University, Juilliard, Eastman Conservatory, Longy School of Music, Redlands University, Washington College and Harvard University. Notable venues where Rich performed include the Kennedy Center, The Arts and Sciences of Harvard University, Rockefeller Center, The Boom Boom Room of the Standard, The American History Museum of The Smithsonian, and The New York Stock Exchange.
Notable past music projects include NBC Universal Cable's 2018 "Erase the Hate" 20th year campaign with violinist Katie Thomas, the Maryland Live's "Chairman's Club" in 2017 with Dan Rather at Smithsonian with guitarist Mark Edwards, Mastercard's 2017 "Priceless" with celebrity chef Joseph Johnson at the Stand, Elle Magazine's 2016 Washington's Women in Power List gala, USA Today's 2016 "Make a Difference Day" luncheon hosted by Andy Cohen and Lester Holt and "Make a Difference Day" in 2015 with Today Show's Natalie Morales, World Bank's 2015 Luncheon for Juan Carlos, the former King of Spain, Google's 2014 Analytics New Solutions launch event for New York headquarters, the DEA Vigil for Lost Promises in Baltimore Inner Harbor for victims of drug abuse, House of Cards 1st season, episode 3 production and music for Knight Takes King Productions, Ted Talks' 2013 - TEDMED Talks conference with singer Sara Jones at John F. Kennedy Center, Martha Stewart Media's 2012 "Sunset on the Hudson" on Omnimedia rooftop hosted by Martha Stewart and Groupon's pop-up concert with guitarist Ben Biers.
Rich started guitar lessons at the age of four and at nine gave his first major public performance at Steadman Auditorium of Mansfield University. Study during his teenage years 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. Neilburg 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.
Rich Barry's performs on a Jim Holler Guitar with Bose Sound Amplification and has a $10,000,000 dollar insurance policy for events.