Goode was born in East Bronx, New York. He studied piano with Elvira Szigeti, Claude Frank, Nadia Reisenberg at Mannes College - The New School for Music (where he is a faculty member), and Rudolf Serkin and Mieczysław Horszowski at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
He has made many recordings, including several Mozart Piano Concerti with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the music of Schubert, Schumann, Brahms and Bach. Goode was the first American-born pianist to record the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas. He regularly appears at the world's leading venues. With Dame Mitsuko Uchida, he is Co-Artistic Director of the Marlboro Music School and Festival. He premiered works written for him by Carlos Chávez, George Perle, Robert Helps and others. His chamber-music partners included Dawn Upshaw, Richard Stoltzman and Alexander Schneider. Goode married violinist Marcia Weinfeld.
A literary portrait of Richard Goode appears in David Blum's book, Quintet: Five Journeys toward Musical Fulfillment (Cornell University Press, 1999). It originally appeared as an article in the 29 June 1992 issue of The New Yorker.
- Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance:
- He is a recipient of Yale University's Sanford Medal.
- Young Concert Artists International Auditions in 1961
- First Prize in the Clara Haskil Competition in 1973
- Avery Fisher Prize in 1980.
- Benita Valente, Richard Goode / Mozart • Schubert • Brahms • Hugo Wolf. - Benita Valente Sings Mozart Schubert Brahms Wolf (LP). Desmar, Telefunken. 1976
- Robert Schumann - Richard Goode - Humoreske, Op. 20 / Fantasia In C, Op. 17 Nonesuch. 1981
- Richard Stoltzman, Richard Goode - Brahms* - The Sonatas For Clarinet And Piano, Op. 120 RCA Red Seal. 1982
- Franz Schubert - Richard Goode - Sonata In A Major, D. 959 / Klavierstück In E Flat Minor, D. 946, No. 1 Nonesuch. 1985
- George Perle - Richard Goode, Music Today Ensemble, Gerard Schwarz - Serenade No. 3 For Piano And Chamber Orchestra / Ballade / Concertino For Piano, Winds And Timpani. Nonesuch. 1985
- Franz Schubert, Richard Goode - Schubert: Sonata In B-Flat Major, D. 960 Opus Posthumous • Allegretto D. 915 • Impromptu D. 935 No. 2 Elektra/Asylum/Nonesuch Records. 1985
- Richard Goode / Johannes Brahms - Richard Goode Plays Brahms Elektra Nonesuch. 1987 Beethoven, Late Sonatas, Opus 101, 106 ( Hammerklavier ), 109, 110, 111 (2xLP, Album) Nonesuch Digital. 1988
- Schumann, Kathleen Battle, John Aler, Charles Wadsworth, Richard Goode - Spanische Liebeslider, Andante And Variations, Piano Quartet (CD) ASV Digital. 1988
- Richard Stoltzman / Richard Goode : Schumann* / Schubert* - Fantasiestücke, Op. 73, 3 Romances, Op. 94 / 2 Sonatinas, D. 384, 385 (Cass, CrO) RCA Victor Red Seal. 1988
- Richard Stoltzman, Richard Goode, Lucy Chapman Stoltzman* - Bartok - Contrasts; Stravinsky - L'Histoire Du Soldat - Suite; Ives - Largo; Songs (Cass, Album). RCA Victor Red Seal. 1990
- Franz Schubert - Richard Goode - Sonata In C Minor, D. 958 • Ländler, Op. 171, D. 790 Elektra Nonesuch. 1992
- Mozart - Richard Goode, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra - Piano Concertos No. 18 & 20 (CD, Album) Nonesuch. 1996
- Chopin (CD, Album) Nonesuch. 1997 Mozart - Richard Goode, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra - Piano Concertos No. 25 & 9 Nonesuch. 1998
- Richard Goode / Johann Sebastian Bach - Bach Partitas Nos. 4, 2, And 5 Nonesuch. 1999 Mozart - Richard Goode, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra - Piano Concertos No. 23 & 24 (CD, Album) Nonesuch. 1999
- Mozart - Richard Goode, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra - Piano Concertos (No. 27 In B-flat Major, K.595 / No. 19 In F Major K.459) (CD) Nonesuch. 2000
- Bach Partitas Nos. 1, 3 & 6 Nonesuch. 2003 Mozart Nonesuch. 2005
- Beethoven, Richard Goode, Ivan Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra - The Five Piano Concertos (3xCD + Box) Nonesuch. 2009
- Mozart - Richard Goode, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra - Piano Concertos (No. 17 In G, K.453 / No. 23 In A, K.488) (CD, Album) Nonesuch - 9 79042-2
- Beethoven, Richard Goode - The Complete Sonatas (10xCD + Box) Elektra Nonesuch, Book-Of-The-Month Records - 9 79328-2
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