Warren B. Rich
Pittsfield native Warren B. Rich passed away at his home in New York City on October 26, 2012.
Born in Pittsfield, September 1, 1925, he was the son of the late Harry G. and Anna (Klein) Rich. He was educated in Pittsfield public schools and began his music studies locally at what is now the Berkshire Music School.
Receiving both his B.S. and Masters of Music from the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Rosina Lhevinne and Muriel Kerr, Warren continued his studies with Bruno Seidlhofer at The Vienna Academy of Music. Concertizing around the world followed, including over 50 solo recitals in Brazil, Britain, Austria, Denmark, Portugal and West Germany. He made his New York Town Hall debut in 1962 and performed concerti, recitals and chamber music at The Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, N.C., including the United States premiere performance by an American soloist and orchestra of Shchedrin's Piano Concerto No. 2
In later years he performed as a classical concert pianist traveling the globe on The M.S. Kungsholm and at The Essex House in NYC where he perfected the art of the standards and popular music from Cole Porter to the Beatles. Among the many celebrities who came to be entertained by him, was Bette Davis who returned again and again. Extensive teaching rounded out Warren's career including positions at Brevard Music Center, Eastern Music Festival and Chair of the piano department at The NYC School of Music Education. Over his lifetime he shared his musical knowledge and technical skill with hundreds of students and continued teaching privately until his death.
Warren leaves his brother and sister-in-law Paul and Betty Rich of Richmond, his nephew Thomas and his wife Pamela, nephews Andrew and Joseph, and great nephews Harry, Jackson and Gabriel.
He was predeceased by his nephew Matthew.
You may honor Warren's memory with a contribution to The Berkshire Music School or to his synagogue Ohav Shalom where he was a devout and cherished member of the congregation, at 270 West 84th St., NYC 10024.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Jan. 23, 2013