Rich Barry has performed for Martha Stewart, Google, NBC Universal Cable Group and contracted production for House of Cards. He is classically trained and holds four music degrees from The Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University.
The last direct pupil of Andrés Segovia praised him as "a truly innovative musician of the twenty first century".
Since the age of 12 he has performed at over 1500 gigs. Notable venues in the past include The Kennedy Center, Rockefeller Gardens, Bellagio Casino, The Smithsonian, and Vizcaya Museum.
Rich Barry's repertoire ranges from Spanish, Flamenco, Tango, Jazz and Popular Music. He performs on a Jim Holler Guitar with Bose Sound Amplification.
All the people who attended enjoyed him. They felt he was a great addition to the event
Rich comes prepared. He goes way beyond what you expect and adds so much to the event. I recommend him very highly. He is an amazing guitarist and can create a great atmosphere. Everyone at our event thought he was great.
When I initially looked within this website I was searching for a violinist. Rich's profile was interesting so I added him into the possible list of vendors, as he plays the Spanish Guitar. He was the first one to respond to my request (within 3 hours). I followed up with a phone call where I explained what I was looking to do and the event that I was trying to create. Rich did not try to "sell" me, actually the opposite. He provided sound advice for me to review additional performers and what to look for within each one that may or may not fit my needs. He was excited for me, even though he had no vested interest within the event.
My event (like many of yours) was extremely important and everything had to be perfect. Once I spoke to a few other vendors who gave me lukewarm answers and fairly high quotes, I knew that Rich's honesty and sincerity was the way to go. My only initial hesitation was he did not play the violin and I really wanted to set a romantic mood. I called Rich again, and we made the game plan. Immediately he gave me something that money can not buy, "peace of mind." He communicated clearly, set expectations up front, and did not spare any detail as to how the night should go. I had a set of ideas and he helped shape them into a plan, he suggested some alternatives for consideration which ended up working out much better.
We were expected to get hit with a huge snow storm on the evening of the event. Rich did not put any special caveats in our agreement or try to back out. He re-assured me that he would be there and I had nothing to worry about. Rich met me at the restaurant and was sitting by (it began to snow and we were expected to get 6 inches). He "pretended" to be a paying patron of the restaurant and even took our picture when I asked him to. At the perfect moment, I asked my girlfriend to dance and Rich began playing the guitar. It was perfect. His execution was amazing and the Spanish Guitar was a better alternative to the violin (in my opinion).
The major take away from my experience with Rich was his professionalism was top notch. He knew his craft and was passionate about making "my" night special. He even played a few extra songs and had to wait at the restaurant until we got there due to traffic and weather, but never charged extra or even followed up about it.
This will not be the last time I use his services.
We hired Rich to come play for a few hours for our Client Holiday Party at work and the guests loved him! He has been playing at our Holiday Parties for many years now & is great to work with. Very professional & extremely talented. We look forward to having Rich back next December!!
Rich Barry was a perfect fit for our occasion.
Hired Rich Barry for a 30 minute performance in our parlor. I can confidently say Rich Barry's performance was world class and a rewarding career as a guitarist is certain.
What to Expect
Solo Classical Guitar Music ranging from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Spanish, Jazz, and Tangos.
Rich has been praised by the last direct pupil of Andres Segovia as "a truly innovative musician of the twenty first century”. He has recently captivated critics and audiences with notable performances in Washington DC, London, Paris, Toronto, Baltimore, Los Angeles, and Boston.
Notable performance venues of Rich include the Peggy and Yale Gordon Center for Performing Arts, The Kennedy Center, American Academy of the Arts and Sciences, The Embassy of Canada, Salle Franoys-Bernier Hall, Andrew Mellon Auditorium, George Washington Memorial Hall, The Carnegie Institute, The Peabody Institute, Vizcaya Museum, The John F Kennedy Estate in Georgetown, The Embassy of Florida, Acadeny of Art Museum and The Frank Lloyd Wright Pope-Leighey House.
Rich'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.
In honor of his veteran father who supported and nurtured his musical career Rich Barry also uses his abilities as an avenue of appreciation to members of the military. He has performed at Dam Neck Annex, Fort George Meade Officers Club, Joint Base Fort Myer-Henderson Hall, Fort Belvoir, and Fort Meade. In 2010 he collaborated with EMI composer Zade Dirani on the ‘One Night in Jordan: A concert for Peace’ in the Middle-East under the support of King Abdullah II. He has also performed for members of the House Select Committee on Intelligence and has given private performances attended by Generals, Statesmen and Soldiers.
Since starting guitar lessons at the age of four the life of Rich 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 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.
Additional Booking Notes
2 Bose L2 S2
4 Line 6 XD-V70
1 Furman PL-PLus20
2 QSC K12
Past Booked Events
|March 11, 2018 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|November 20, 2017 • 5:30pm - 9:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|November 12, 2017 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm||Dinner Party|
|June 25, 2017 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm||Dinner Party|
|October 12, 2016 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Corporate Event|
|March 24, 2016 • 8:00pm - 8:15pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|October 14, 2014||Corporate Event|
The client usually sets a general direction of style of music and instrumentation based on their event or occasion. The specific pieces of a music program are usually selected by the musician(s). There are several recordings to demonstrate the breadth of styles and genres.
Quintessential: the musicians(s) best pieces from a range of genres
Spanish:energetic flamenco and classical standards of the spanish guitar
Rodrigo, Sor, Manuel de Falla, Albeniz, Turina, Paco De Lucia, Tarrega
Baroque: compositions from 1500 to 1670 performed on the lute or guitar
Bach, Vivaldi, Corelli, Scarlatti, Monteverdi, Handel
Latin: bossa novas, tangos, sambas, chacareras, and choros of South America
Merlin, Villa-Lobos, Jobim, Piazzolla, Barrios
Jazz: classics, bossa nova, gypsy, modal and standards
Gershwin, Porter, Ellington, Holiday, Thiele, Sinatra, Armstrong,
Avant-Garde: experimental new music - atonal pieces and pieces of modernism Berio, Ginastera, Berg, Stravinsky, Carter
Rock classic rock to modern alternative and pop rock
Zeppelin, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, John Mayer, Jack Johnson
Classical, baroque, romantic and modern pieces from the standard classical guitar repertoire
Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Chopin, Paganini,
Christmas: holiday favorites from traditional carols and pieces to modern popular holiday songs
Patriotic: folk songs, americana, country and anthems with of a patriotic theme or meaning
Romantic: serenades, beautiful melodies and songs themed about love
Beach: pieces and composers reflective of summer
Influences & Inspiration
Andres Segovia, Manuel Barrueco, Paco De Lucia
1 Chair for each Performer
Rich was very accomodating and professional which was exactly what we needed at our Booz & Company holiday party. He was an excellent guitarist, and I look forward to working with him in the future and would recommend him to any friend or colleague. - Great Falls, VA (gig ID# 483448)
Rich Barry was very courteous, helpful and professional during our entire wedding process. Our family would definitely recommend him to anyone who is searching for a classical musician for their event! Rich made our wedding very memorable and we are extremely thankful to have found him! - St Marys, MD
Richard Barry did an outstanding job at our Christmas Banquet. We heard nothing but compliments on his performance. He is very kind and is flexible to suit whatever the situation may be. We enjoyed having him very much and he comes highly recommended. - Baltimore, MD (gig ID# 478153)
I would highly recommend Richard for any event. He played at my daughter's wedding reception during cocktail hour and we received many complements from our guests on the quality and professionalism of his performance. He was also very accomodating of song requests. Greg - Baltimore, MD (gig ID# 407420)
We would definately use Richard Barry for a future event. I had several guests that commented how much they enjoyed his music. He did a great job! - Catonsville, MD (gig ID# 414071)
Richard and his partner were fabulous. The music provided the perfect ambiance for my daughter's outdoor wedding! They worked with my soloist to make sure that all went smooth and we were pleased. Although Richard and I never met we were in contact several times via email and on each ocassion he left me feeling that he would take care of everything and he assured me that I had nothing to worry about.....and I didn't! His music added the perfect touch to a perfect wedding! Cheryl Warren - Essex, MD (gig ID# 381142)
Richard Barry was an outstanding addition to our wedding reception. He was extrememly professional and let no detail go overlooked in the planning process. All of our guests were impressed with the guitar/violin duo and many of them pulled the hosts aside to ask how we had found them. Both musicians arrived right on time, set themselevs up and were ready to go right away. The music was tasteful and lively and both musicians showed a wonderful understanding of the volume level and musical style that was appropriate for the gathering. I would recommend Richard Barry to anyone who is looking for live music for their event or gathering! - Baltimore, MD (gig ID# 391596)
Richard did a wonderful job for our company client party. He was very courteous and called and checked with me several times before the event. I would recommend him to all of my clients, and can't wait to book him again. - Chevy Chase, MD (gig ID# 336104)
Richard was a talented addition to our event, the perfect background music. He was very gracious and accomodating to our guests. - Arlington, VA (gig ID# 361406)
We look forward to seeing Richard at our next event! - Crystal City, VA (gig ID# 375635)
Richard was awesome! I got a great number of comments on how wonderfully he performed. Many of my guests asked how I found him and were incredibly impressed by his talent. I was only able to interact with him for a few minutes here and there because I was busy greeting guests and organizing and handling tasks for my father's party. Independent of any requests or instruction, he knew exactly what kind of music would best suit the crowd and the atmosphere. I would hire Richard again in a heartbeat. He's a very impressive guy I was extremely happy. My guests were raving fans and my guess is that some of them may contact him themselves for parties based on how m - Owings Mills, MD (gig ID# 357485)
The duo encompasses the total experience that one looks for when hosting an event. They brought class, elegance, professionalism, charm and sheer talent to the event. Not only were they talented but their personality and kindness added a little something extra to the sweet sounds of their music. I would recommend them to anyone who like myself needed to make a superior impression at a great event...this duo helped me achieve everything i imagined and more! - Lake Success, NY (gig ID# 384285)
Rich played at our wedding ceremony and did a wonderful job. We really enjoyed having him a part of our special day. He was very accomidating and professional. I would certainly recommend him to anyone. - Purcellville, VA
Richard was totally accommodating, quick to contact me and check with arrangements, as well as follow up. Arrived early for the event, well presented, and feedback from guests was extremely positive. His talent is quite remarkable. He is a total gentleman and one our company will certainly use in the future. - Washington, DC (gig ID# 419198)
We had a fantastic party and Rich Barry truly added to the experience. His talent is unmatched and professionalism superb. I would highly recommend hiring him at your next event. -, Washington, DC (gig ID# 355551)
I would like to start by saying I have never hired anyone off the internet and was very nervous but Rich so surpassed any expectation I had, that I would do it again, or at least I would hire him again! He was incredible! I hired him for a small surprise birthday party at my house. He played exactly what he told me he would and everyone at the party kept telling me how good he was. One of my friends even followed him out the door to get his card because she wanted him to play at her birthday party in March. I really can’t say enough about how professional, accommodating, and accomplished he is- if you are reading this look no further he is truly gifted. - Mclean, VA (gig ID# 357614)
Richard came early and stayed late since guests were still there. He could not have been more accomodating, and his music was superb. - Alexandria, VA (gig ID# 388831)
I am a corporate event planner who needed a classical/latin guitar player very last minute (3 days notice). Richard was very professional and accommdating on the phone. I told him that his audience was the CEO of my company and our top level execs. These are people who entertain often. The feedback I got from the CEO was that Richard "exceeded expections" for this event. As an event planner, this is exactly the feedback that I want to hear. I highly recommend Richard and will use his services next time I get this request!! Thank you, Richard! - The Plains, VA (gig ID# 491330)
Mr. Barry was an outstanding feature of our wedding rehearsal dinner. He deserves to be showcased in a concert or recital setting and we were fortunate enough to enjoy his performance during cocktails and dinner. We requested some very difficult pieces on short notice (classical and latin/flamenco) and he accommodated them all brilliantly. The groom was particularly impressed with the performance and pleased to have the opportunity to speak with Mr. Barry. My wife and I highly recommend him for lovers of acoustic guitar instrumental music. - Bethesda, MD (gig ID# 554180)