Brad Richter

Where Need and Opportunity Meet: Using Advocacy, Data and Policy Literacy to Support Arts Education -
10:00 am 10/16/2019
Apache/Cochise, Tucson Convention Center

In order to access the support mechanisms that are available for arts education projects, activities and classes, stakeholders have to be literate in three key areas:
Advocacy
Data/Policy Literacy
Available Opportunities for Artists, Arts Organizations and Educators

Brad Richter is among the most influential classical guitarists working today. His ability to defy the technical limits of his instrument has earned him comparisons to Franz Liszt and Nicolo Paganini. Equal parts performer, composer and educator he has made nearly one-thousand concert appearances in North America and Europe – more than fifty of which were aired on NPR’s Performance Today. Brad is a sought-aer collaborator with artists such as cellist Viktor Uzur with whom he tours as the Richter Uzur Duo, his former mentor from the Royal College of Music, Carlos Bonell, and Broadway star Ben Vereen, as well as Grammy winners David Finckel (Director of Chamber Music at Lincoln Center), The Pacifica String Quartet and The Phoenix Chorale. Brad also enjoys several long-term collaborations as an artist-in- residence, including more than a decade with the Aspen Music Festival and School. ‘Lead Guitar’, a national not-for- profit organization that Brad co-founded and directs, builds free classical guitar programs in low-income schools. Since joining the University of Arizona’s College of Fine Arts, Lead Guitar has provided daily instruction for more than 15,000 students and has earned the support of the National Endowment for the Arts.