Richard Campanelli was born in Hartford CT. When he was seven years old the family moved to Springfield, MO. There were not a lot of opportunities for an artistic education of any sort there, but he was able to finally talk his parents into getting a piano and started taking lessons from local piano teachers. As a youth he was fascinated by the piano sonatas of Beethoven, and wanted to be a composer from a fairly early age. It wasn’t until he attended that Conservatory of Music in Kansas City that he finally was able to explore that possibility. He graduated with a BMA in composition. He then attended the Hartt Conservatory of Music in Hartford, Ct, where he studied with Donald Harris. During the following summer he was a Nikos Skalkottas Tanglewood Fellow where he studied with George Perle.

Richard completed his academic musical education by receiving a DMA from the University of MI where he studied with Leslie Bassett and William Bolcom. Some of the awards he has won include the Holtkamp Prize for new organ music, a Ludwig Vogelstein grant, yearly ASCAP awards, a Marimolin prize for a new work for violin and marimba, a Charles Ives Scholarship and a Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts & Letters and several Michigan Council for the Arts grants. Richard currently lives in Ann Arbor, MI and is working on a piano concerto.



Release Date: February 12, 2016
Catalog Number: NV6023
21st Century
Navona Records presents FIGMENTS, a compilation of eclectic contemporary works for chamber ensemble that highlight the dramatic, the mysterious, and the inventive through diverse instrument combinations and use of extended techniques. The album features music by composers Mark Dal Porto, Richard Campanelli, David Nisbet Stewart, Paula Diehl, Jason R. Lovelace, and Mel Mobley.