Richard McMahon

Richard McMahon was singularly lucky with his three teachers, Ella Pounder, Gordon Green and Vlado Perlemuter through whom he can trace links to Solomon, Petri, Cortot and Ravel.

A South Bank debut whilst a student led to a decade performing the entire repertoire for four hands. Established also as a solo pianist, he enjoyed a successful period of freelance activity in both genres and with concerts throughout the UK, overseas, innumerable broadcasts, important first performances, Promenade concerts, TV appearances and several commercial recordings. 

The Times: "an electrifying performance of The Rite of Spring. It was startling to find its power undiminished when stripped bare in piano monochrome."

Daily Telegraph: "outstanding performances of Chopin, Stravinsky and Ravel. . . . His account of two great Chopin works, the Barcarolle and the Polonaise in F sharp minor, showed that he could vitalize groups of notes by minute details of shading. . . . the careful artistry that belongs to the craftsman."

Gramophone Magazine: "Besides the virtuosity often demanded by these works, McMahon's performances are marked by his alert musicality and his response to their extraordinarily diverse moods. A warmly recommendable disc."

Originally invited to teach for Cardiff University by Alun Hoddinott, Richard extended his professional life to Wales where he has made his home for the last 40 years.

Richard McMahon led the Keyboard department of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama until retiring from this position in July 2015. His time with the RWCMD began in 1996 and he is pleased to have played a small part in the development of this major conservatoire. Looking back, there are many highlights, not least the many generations of students, the international dimension to his career and the advent of all-Steinway status for the RWCMD. Looking forward, he hopes to continue teaching for many years to come while continuing his concert career.

Cheltenham Gazette (Mozart Concerto K488): "The ensemble was joined by magnificent soloist Richard McMahon. As to be expected, Richard displayed total understanding of weight on the keys – a ‘touch’ which seemed truly deep seated and emanating from within him. . . . The piano not only spoke to us, it ‘sang’ - with a rare sensuousness and ‘soul’ – a signature quality of this particular pianist. His wonderful playing was thoroughly appreciated by a transfixed audience and explained his huge success, over the years, both as performer and teacher."