Since winning the top prize in the 1995 French Piano Institutes International Competition in Paris, RICHARD STEINBACH has established himself as an extraordinarily versatile artist whose insightful interpretations of both French and American music have been widely acclaimed. As the festivals grand prizewinner, he performed his solo debut recital at the Salle Cortot in Paris in January, 1996. Since then, Steinbach has performed extensively as both soloist and collaborative artist in concerts throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Great Britain, Japan and China. In addition to his numerous orchestral appearances and his collaborations with pianist Howard Helvey, Steinbach performs frequently with soprano Diana Guhin Wooley, and has appeared with such prestigious artists as violinist Charles Castleman and cellist Nathaniel Rosen.
Active as a pianist, composer and arranger, HOWARD HELVEY also serves as organist/choirmaster of historic Calvary Episcopal Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. Nationally he is in great demand as guest composer, conductor, clinician and speaker. Known particularly for his published choral music, Mr. Helveys compositions have been featured on various recordings, national network and PBS television broadcasts, in such distinguished concert venues as New Yorks Carnegie Hall, the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., and numerous locations throughout Europe and Asia. "Hymns from Around the World," Mr. Helveys second piano solo bookconsisting of ten settings based on sacred folk melodiesis recorded here in its entirety. From his piano duet collection "Shared Spirit," two of the five selections are included on this recording. ("Helvey is a wonderful arranger, and I recommend [Shared Spirit] without hesitation." - Sacred Music News and Review)
"The various selections admirably illustrate their technical prowess and, more importantly, the musical honesty inherent in everything they perform." -- Kenneth Griffiths; Director of Accompanying Activities, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; June 18, 2001
" superb musicianship and extraordinary technical skill a stunning performance; a grand addition to the concert stage." -- W. Harold Laster; Dean, Aspen Music Festival; May 23, 2001