David Riley

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Professor and Director of Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music
Phone: 541-346-3773
Office: 351 Frohnmayer Music Bldg
Research Interests: Keyboard, Piano Accompanying, Chamber Music

David Riley is Professor and Director of Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music at the University of Oregon, where he joined the music faculty in 2004. He holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Jean Barr and Anne Epperson, respectively.

Dr. Riley has received rave reviews throughout the U.S. and Canada, including "Absolutely exquisite technique" (New York Concert Review), "A soloist's dream, star quality, gifted and sensitive ..." (Billings Gazette), “a superb collaborator” (Strad Magazine). He has extensive experience as a professional recitalist, frequently performing at many of North America's most prestigious venues such as Merkin Hall with the New York Philharmonic Chamber Players, the National Art Gallery in Washington D.C., Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago, Bargemusic (NYC), the Gardner Museum in Boston, the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., the 92nd St. Y in New York City, Bellas Artes in San Juan P.R., National Sawdust (Brooklyn, NYC), the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, and Salle de Concert Pollack in Montreal, among others.

Previously a vocal coach at the Manhattan School of Music, he has performed at the Kammermusikfest Kloster Kamp in Linfort, Germany with principal string players from throughout Europe (Frankfurt Opera Concertmaster, NDR Symphony Orchestra Principal Cello (Hamburg), etc.) chamber music concerts at the Oregon Bach Festival (including with legendary baritone Thomas Quasthoff & tenor Nicholas Phan), Lake Tahoe with Kronos Quartet cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, and was a guest artist at Stanford University as a member of the new music ensemble Beta Collide. Dr. Riley has been featured on dozens of radio broadcasts including BBC Radio with renowned pianist Jeffrey Kahane (Mendelssohn 4-hands), NPR Performance Today & Morning Edition, CBC National Radio, and WQXR and WNYC in New York City.

Dr. Riley’s awards include the 2008 Canadian Independent Music Awards ‘Favorite Classical CD’ and ‘Best Music’ at the 2007 Silver Wave Film Festival for performances of Beethoven, Ives, and Kroll on CBC Television. Along with violinist Jasper Wood, he received the 2004 East Coast Music Award ‘Best Classical Recording’ for a CD of works for violin and piano of Igor Stravinsky. Other artists with whom he has concertized include violinsts Juyoung Baek, Jennifer Frautschi, Ilya Gringolts, Phillipe Quint, Giora Schmidt, and Zvi Zeitlin, violist Lawrence Dutton (Emerson Quartet), cellists Denise Djokic and Jesus Morales, and clarinetists Carey Bell, Alex Fiterstein, and Ricardo Morales.

  • DMA, Eastman School of Music; MMus, Cleveland Institute of Music; BMus, Ithaca College


  • “Favourite Classical CD”, 2008 Canadian Independent Music Awards
  • “Best Music”, 2007 Silver Wave Film Festival
  • ‘Best Classical Recording’, 2004 East Coast Music Award


  • Psst!: Ligeti, Rsewski, Silvestrov (Innova Records, 2010) with Beta Collide (Contemporary Music Group)
  • Chartreuse: Mozart, Debussy, Strauss (Max Frank Music,2012) Jasper Wood, Violin
  • Stradivarius Christmas (Max Frank Music, 2012) Jasper Wood, Violin
  • Matthew Fuerst: Works for Violin & Piano Albany Records, 2015) Jasper Wood, Violin
  • The Saxophone: Music of Ida Gotkovsky (Teel Creek Music (Released: 2016) James Bunte, Saxophone/Gillian Benet Sella, Harp
  • Thorn: Chamber: Music of David Lang (Canteloupe Music, 2017) Molly Barth, Flute/Jeffrey Zeigler, Cello
  • Sock Monkey: Works of Marc Applebaum (Innova Records, 2008) with Beta Collide
  • Oskar Morawetz: Complete Works for Violin and Piano (Centrediscs, 2007) with Jasper Wood, violin
  • Bela Bartok: Chamber Works (Allegro Records - Endeavor Classics, August 2005) Ricardo Morales, Clarinet & Jasper Wood, Violin
  • Charles Ives: Works for Violin and Piano, (Allegro Records - Endeavor Classics, January 2005) Jasper Wood, Violin
  • Igor Stravinsky: Complete Works for Violin and Piano (Allegro Records - Endeavor, May, 2003) Classics, Jasper Wood, Violin


  • The Maritime Violin (CBC Television, 2006) with violinist Jasper Wood and the Arthur Leblanc String Quartet; Maurice Andre-Aubin, director