Born in Hollywood, California, of English and Honduran parentage, Richard Lopez spent his early years traveling between England, Central America and the United States. He has worked with Lili Kraus, Karl Ulrich Schnabel, Edith Oppens, Richard Tetley-Kardos and Earl Wild. He has appeared as a soloist and with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Columbus Jazz Orchestra, and as a guest artist with the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra. Lopez has performed in Mexico under the auspices of the United States Information Service, and has presented numerous solo recitals of traditional classical repertoire in addition to his schedule of jazz performances.
Currently a faculty member at Otterbein College in Columbus, Ohio, Lopez has also taught at The Ohio State University, the University of Akron, Denison University in Granville, Ohio, and at Capital University. Lopez spent last year living and performing in Los Angeles, where he completed a soon to be released CD of jazz originals and appeared in jazz venues at several clubs in Los Angeles. He has produced two CDs, The Richard Lopez Trio: Live at Rigsby’s and Too Far North, a jazz quartet, which performs Lopez’s original compositions in clubs and jazz festivals. Lopez has composed soundtracks for a variety of commercial, educational, corporate and children’s video projects. His original composition, “Blues and Variations” for piano, was commissioned for Capital University’s “Grand Piano Series,” where it received its premiere.