A Steinway Artist, Mr. Cionco is a graduate of the University of Maryland and The Juilliard School. Important chamber music performances include those at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the Festival of New American Music in Sacramento, and at the Orfeo Music Festival in Italy.
He has performed in recital in nearly every major U.S. city and his performances of Liszt’s complete 12 Transcendental Etudes have brought him rave reviews. He often performs and teaches as a guest of universities and colleges, such as New Mexico State University, the University of New Mexico, Kent State University, Florida State University, University of Alberta in Canada, Stetson University, Pensacola State University, the University of Florida, San Jose State University, the Chicago College of Performing Arts, the Great Music in Scarborough Series in New York, the University of Nevada Las Vegas, University of Nevada Reno, Tulane University in New Orleans, in Anchorage, AK, and dozens more.
Mr. Cionco’s concerto performances with orchestras across the U.S., in Europe, Japan and Taiwan, are numerous. His live recording of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in Japan has brought great attention.
Mr. Cionco has recorded solo and chamber music by Daniel Kingman for innova records and his first solo CD, Latin American Music for Solo Piano, on the Centaur Records label has received rave reviews, notably by the American Record Guide. For 15 years he has served during the summer on the artist faculty of the Orfeo International Music Festival and Competition in Northern Italy and for five years has performed at the Samsø Piano Festival in Denmark. He has given master classes, lectures, recitals and has served as adjudicator in China and Hong Kong in more than 10 visits. In 2012, he released a solo CD of Beethoven’s late piano music, and a CD of music by American composer, Sunny Knable — both on the Centaur label.
Richard Cionco was a Teaching Fellow for David Dubal at The Juilliard School for four years and is presently Professor of Piano at California State University, Sacramento where he teaches, performs, and composes. He also enjoys running competitively and cooking, as well as hiking far and wide.