Richard Cioffari, composer, pianist, double bassist, conductor and educator, holds degrees from The University of Michigan, and is Professor Emeritus at Bowling Green State University, where he taught for 30 years.
A published composer and arranger, his works have been commissioned and performed by artists nationally and internationally, and have been presented at conferences of the International Double Reed Society, the International Horn Society, the International Trumpet Guild, the National Flute Association, the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the International Tuba Euphonium Association, the New York Brass and on NPR’s From the Top. Several of Professor Cioffari’s works appear on the Music Educator’s National Conference state affiliates’ contest lists, and at least two of his works, for unaccompanied bassoon and trumpet ensemble, are generally considered as standard repertory for the medium.
He is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and is listed in the International Who’s Who in Music. He currently holds the Reinberger Foundation Chair as principal keyboardist with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and appears frequently as assisting pianist and chamber recitalist.
An unusually versatile musician, he has served as principal double bassist of the North Carolina Symphony and has recently conducted the Ohio Wesleyan University Chamber Orchestra and the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra of Columbus.
He has lived in Central Ohio since 1994, and on those rare occasions when he tears himself away from music, enjoys sailing and amateur radio.