Lino Rivera

Lino Rivera

Overview

Professional Overview: 

Lino Rivera
Piano, Chamber Music, Music History

Born in the Philippines, Lino Rivera won his first national competition at age eight. He has performed as a solo recitalist, concerto soloist, and accompanist on three continents. He has been featured on several radio and television broadcasts, notably live performances with the Manila Symphony Orchestra and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. Rivera makes it his mission to advocate and premiere contemporary works; to explore and meet the artistic, creative, and technical challenges of piano transcriptions (the subject of his doctoral dissertation); and to discover and perform obscure solo piano repertoire throughout the ages.
Rivera is a celebrated performer for Composers, Inc. an organization based in San Francisco dedicated to promoting works by contemporary American composers. In 2007, he performed many of the Beethoven sonatas in conjunction with renowned music historian Robert Greenberg on a concert lecture series presented at Villa Montalvo in Saratoga, California. He is a frequent soloist at Music Teachers' Association of California conferences, and regularly serves as an adjudicator of piano competitions. Recent solo recitals have taken place in Nuremberg (Germany), Zurich (Switzerland), Kent University, Corpus Christi, Savannah, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Anchorage.

Department: 
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School of Liberal Arts » Performing Arts: Music
SMC Email Address: 
Contact Information: 

Office
Syufy Hall - 220

Contact:
Phone: (925) 631-8216
Email: lrivera@stmarys-ca.edu
Mail: P.O. Box 96

Education

  • Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA), Piano Performance, University of Maryland, College Park, 1997
  • Master of Music (MM), Piano Performance, University of Hawaii, Manoa, 1986
  • Bachelor of Music (BM), Piano Performance, University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines, 1983

Professional Experience

Teaching Experience:

  • Professor - Saint Mary's College of California (2014 - Present)
  • Associate Professor - Saint Mary's College of California (2006 - 2014)
  • Assistant Professor - Saint Mary's College of California (2002 - 2006)
  • Instructor and Accompanist - Saint Mary's College of California (2000 - 2002)
  • Music Instructor - Santa Rosa Junior College (1999 - 2000)
  • Music Instructor and Accompanist - Los Medanos College (1997 - 2002)
  • Music Instructor - California State University, Sacramento (1994 - 1995)
  • Music Instructor and Accompanist - Diablo Valley College (1991 - 2002)
  • Individual Piano Instructor - (1980 - Present)

 

Professional Experience:

  • Accompanist - Saint Perpetua Church (2010 - Present)
  • Accompanist - Chora Nova (2007 - 2012)
  • Accompanist - Mount Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church (2000 - 2010)
  • Accompanist - Saint Monica Catholic Church (1999 - 2009)
  • Accompanist - Hillcrest Congregational Church (1999 - 2014)
  • Accompanist - Baroque Choral Guild (1997 - 2002)
  • Accompanist - Acalanes High School Choirs (1995 - 2001)
  • Accompanist - San Francisco Girls Chorus (1992 - 2002)

Courses Taught

Recently Taught:

  • Extreme Musicianship
  • Medieval and Renaissance Music
  • Music Fundamentals

 

Regularly Taught:

  • Chamber Music
  • Master Class
  • Perceiving the Performing Arts
  • Private Piano Instruction
  • Rock to Bach

Service

Community:

  • Benefit concerts
  • Weddings and memorial services
  • An occasional sermon

 

Professional Associations:

  • Music Teachers' National Association
  • Music Teachers' Association of California
  • California Association of Professional Music Teachers
  • Performing Arts Society of Contra Costa County

 

Saint Mary's College:

  • Core Curriculum Working Group: Theological Understanding
    (August 2014 - Present)
  • January Term Committee
    (August 2014 - May 2016)
  • Committee for Writing Across the Curriculum
    (December 2011 - Present)
  • Bookstore Committee
    (December 2011 - Present)
  • First Year Advising Cohort (FYAC) 
    (August 2011 - May 2012)
  • Music Program Director
    (January 2011 - May 2011)
  • Chair, Performing Arts Department
    (June 2008 - January 2011)
  • Committee on Teaching Scholarship
    (2004 - 2005)
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Representative
    (2003 - 2005)
  • Freshman Screening Committee
    (2002 - 2009)
  • Freshman Cohort Advisor
    (2002 - Present)

Presentations

Adjudication of Piano Competitions

  • Music Teachers' Association of California, Southern California, Los Angeles.
    (March 2014)
  • Robert Mondavi Foundation Music Competition, Mondavi Center, Davis, California.
    (January 2009)
  • Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah, Georgia.
    (February 2008)
  • University of Alaska, Anchorage.
    (November 2007)
  • U.S. Open Music Competitions, National Level.
    (1999-2000, 2003-2008, 2010-2012)
  • Music Teachers' Association of California Piano Competitions, Regional Level.
    (1996-1997, 2000-2004, 2007-2009, 2011-2014)
  • California Association of Professional Music Teachers Music and Piano Competitions, including Bela Bartok and Contemporary Music Piano Competition, State level, Finalists.
    (1998-2000, 2002-2005, 2007-2008)
  • Music Teachers' Association of California, Sacramento, Baroque Music Festival.
    (2009, 2012, 2014)
  • Music Teachers' Association of California, Northern California, Santa Clara University.
    (2011, 2014)

 

Lectures

  • Expressionism in Music.
    Eugene O'Neil Foundation, Danville
    (October 2010)
  • Classical Era Music.
    United States Open Music Competition, International level
    (March 2010)
  • The Art of Piano Transcriptions.
    Western Washington University
    (February 2009)
  • Bach's Influence on Rzewski.
    Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah, Georgia
    (February 2008)
  • What We Listen for in Music.
    Kent State University, Ohio
    (April 2006)
  • Concert lectures.
    Bear Valley Music Festival
    (July 2005)
  • "Romantic Piano Music".
    Lecture to Graduate Class. California State University San Francisco.
    (November 2002)
  • "Romantic Music".
    Marin Catholic High School
    (2002)
  • "Baroque Performance Practice/Improvisation and Ornamentation"..
    California State University, San Francisco
    (October 2001)
  • Pre-concert Lecture.
    Gold Coast Chamber Players, Lafayette, California
    (2012, 2013)

 

Master Classes

  • Western Washington University.
    (February 2009)
  • Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah, Georgia.
    (February 2008)
  • Music Teachers' Association of California, Los Angeles.
    (June 2007)
  • Festival of New American Music, California State University, Sacramento.
    (November 2006)
  • Sulzbach-Rosenberg InterHarmony International Music Festival, Germany.
    (August 2011 - 2013)

 

Workshops

  • Music Department, California State University, Sacramento.
    (2006)
  • Sacramento Youth Symphony Chamber Music Workshop.
    (July 2004-2014)

 

Performances:

Chamber Music Performances

  • West Chester University. West Chester, Pennsylvania. (April 2013)
    Performances with trumpeter Jean-Christophe Dobrzelewski and violinist Simon Gollo, first violinist of the Dali String Quartet, including Martin Rokeach’s "Running at the Top of the World," Brahms’ "Violin and Piano Sonata No. 3," and Eric Ewazen’s "Trio for Trumpet, Violin, and Piano" (1994)
  • Composers, Inc.. San Francisco, California. (April 2013)
    West-coast premiere of Martin Rokeach’s "Running at the Top of the World" (2012) with trumpeter Jean-Christophe Dobrzelewski of West Chester University
  • University of Southern Mississippi. Hattiesburg, Mississippi. (February 2013)
    Performance with David Ridge of "Ninth Avenue Hustle" (2004) for bass trombone and piano by Martin Rokeach
  • Sulzbach-Rosenberg InterHarmony Music Festival. Germany. (August 2012)
    Performance with Serbian pianist Tatjana Rankovich of Mannes School of Music in New York, of Stravinsky’s transcription of "Petrushka" for two pianos
  • Composers, Inc.; University of the Pacific; and SMC. Bay Area. (October 2011)
    Performances with violinist Victor Romasevich of the San Francisco Symphony and trumpeter Jean-Christophe Dobrzelewski of West Chester University, Pennsylvania, with music by Vivaldi, Eric Ewazen, Martin Rokeach, and Iosif Andriasov
  • Composers, Inc.. San Francisco, California. (February 2011)
    Award-winning composition with San Francisco Opera Orchestra musicians at Old First Church in San Francisco
  • Contemporary Music Festival. Music Teachers Association of California, Los Angeles. (July 2010)
    Performed Martin Rokeach's "Can't Wait" with violinist Sara Usher of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and clarinetist Diane Maltester of the Oakland East Bay Symphony and principal for the Napa Valley Symphony Orchestras
  • Composers, Inc.. San Francisco, California. (May 2010)
    World premiere of Trevor Gomes "Sunscape" (2009) for choir with soloists and piano accompaniment with San Francisco Choral Artists at Old First Church in San Francisco
  • Composers, Inc.. San Francisco, California. (February 2010)
    World premiere of Robert Greenberg "So Let Us Live - Really Live!" (2009) for baritone and piano with Allen Shearer at Old First Church in San Francisco
  • University of the Pacific, Los Medanos College, and Saint Marys College. Bay Area. (October 2007)
    Performance with violinist Jan Dobrzelewski and trumpeter Jean-Christophe Dobrzelewski of music by Beethoven, Gaubert, and Vivaldi
  • Empyrean Ensemble. Sacramento Youth Symphony Orchestra. (July 2005)
    Performance of "Trio in Eb" for clarinet, viola, and piano by Mozart at Mondavi Center, University of California at Davis
  • New American Music. Composers, Inc.. (2004)
    World premiere performance of "Ninth Avenue Hustle" (2004) for trombone and piano by Martin Rokeach, performed with David Ridge at Veterans Memorial Hall in San Francisco

 

Concerto Performances

  • Diablo wind Symphony. Dean Lesher Center for the Performing Arts, Walnut Creek, California. (May 19, 2014)
    Diane Maltester conducting Bay Area debut of Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No 2 transcribed for piano and wind orchestra by Glenn Disney
  • Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra. Dean Lesher Center for the Performing Arts, Walnut Creek, California and Los Medanos College, Pittsburg, California. (March 2012)
    Tim Smith conducting Ravel's Piano Concerto in G major
  • California State University Sacramento Orchestra. California State University, Sacramento. (May 2010)
    Leo Eylar conducting Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2
  • California Youth Symphony Orchestra. Palo Alto, California. (December 2009)
    Leo Eylar conducting Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1

 

Select Solo Piano Performances

  • Larry Kings' ORA.TV and Hulu. “Conspiracies, Peccadilloes, and Dirty Little Secrets: Fun and Games With the Great Composers” with Dr. Robert Greenberg. (May 2014)
    Accompany music historian Dr. Robert Greenberg's lectures for his classical music show
  • Our Savior's Lutheran Church. Lafayette, California. (April 27, 2014)
    Solo performance
  • Composers, Inc.. Berkeley, California. (March 11, 2014)
    Elliot Carter’s "Caténaires" from "Two Thoughts About the Piano" (2005-2006)
  • Sulzbach-Rosenberg InterHarmony Music Festival. Germany. (August 2013)
    Franz Liszt "Saint Francis of Paola Walking Over the Waves"
  • International School of Zug and Luzern. Zurich, Switzerland. (June 2012)
  • Kantonsschule Zürcher Unterland. Zurich, Switzerland. (June 2012)
  • Composers, Inc.. Oakland, California. (February 26, 2012)
    Luke Dahn’s "Traces" (2009), Joseph Kolkovich’s "Goth Anthem" (1997) and Žibouklé Martinaityté’s "Impulses" (2007-2008)
  • Benefit Performance . Sherman Clay Pianos, Walnut Creek. (November 11, 2011)
    In-store performance for the community, attended by both the Regional Director (West Coast) and the President of Sherman Clay (New York)
  • Sulzbach-Rosenberg InterHarmony Music Festival. Germany. (August 2011)
    Copland "Variations" and Custodio "Ritual Dance"
  • Benefit Concert . Berkeley, California. (July 17, 2011)
    At the home of composer Andrew Imbrie’s widow, Barbara, featuring his work among others
  • Old First Church. Solo Recital, San Francisco. (June 17, 2011)
    All-contemporary program, including a World Premiere and two US Premieres
  • Kantonsschule Zürcher Unterland. Zurich, Switzerland. (June 2011)
  • Composers, Inc.. World Premiere of "Tempus Fugit" by Robert Greenberg, Veterans' Building, San Francisco, CA. (April 28, 2009)
    Solo performance
  • Western Washington University. Bellingham, WA. (February 27, 2009)
    Solo recital
  • University of Illinois. Chicago, Illinois. (February 17, 2009)
    Solo recital
  • Armstrong Atlantic State University. Savannah, Georgia. (February 2008)
    Solo recital with lecture
  • University of Alaska, Anchorage. (November 2007)
    Solo recital
  • Music Teachers' Association of California Convention. Santa Clara, California. (June 2007)
    Solo recital
  • Composers, Inc.. World premiere of "Light That Fuse!" by Susan Burkey, Veterans' Building, San Francisco, California. (February 2007)
    Solo performance
  • Montalvo Arts Center. Five-part Beethoven piano sonata series together with Dr. Robert Greenberg. (2007)
    Solo performance with featured lecturer
  • Festival of New American Music. California State University, Sacramento. (November 2006)
    Solo recital
  • Incline Village Chamber Music Society. Incline Village, Nevada. (October 2006)
    Solo recital with lecture
  • Contra Costa Performing Arts Society Benefit Concert. Dean Lesher Center for the Performing Arts, Walnut Creek, California. (August 2006)
    Solo performance
  • Music Teachers' Association of California Convention. Los Angeles, California. (June 2006)
    Solo recital
  • Composers, Inc.. Berkeley, California. (May 2006)
    Solo Benefit Concert
  • Solo Benefit Concert. (April 2006)
    Solo recital with lecture
  • Composers, Inc. Veterans' Building, San Francisco, California. (September 2005)
    Solo performance
  • Music Teachers' Association of California Convention. World premiere of the complete set (nine) of "A Gathering of Fugues" by Armand Russell at Hyatt Regency, Sacramento, California. (June 2005)
    Solo recital
  • New Music Bay Area. Bay Area premiere of "Folk Tunes from Hardanger" by Geirr Tveitt at Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland, California. (2005)
    Solo performance
  • University of California, Davis. U.S. premiere of "Layered Images" for solo piano by Josefino Toledo. (2005)
    Solo recital
  • Hendrix College. World premiere of the second three of nine fugues in "A Gathering of Fugues" (2002) by Armand Russell in Conway, Arizona. (2005)
    Solo recital
  • Saint Marys College. "Pianistic Filipiniana: A Lecture and Performance of 20th century Filipino Piano Music". (2004)
    Solo recital with lecture
  • Incline Village Chamber Music Society. World premiere of the first three of nine fugues in "A Gathering of Fugues" by Armand Russell (b. 1938). (2004)
    Solo recital with lecture
  • Philippine Society for the Performing Arts. Corpus Christi, Texas. (2004)
    Solo recital with lecture

Honors, Awards & Grants

Awards: 
  • Elizabeth Davis Competition - (1988)
  • Concerto Competition - University of Hawaii (1986)
  • Distinguished Pianist Prize - University of Hawaii (1986)
  • National Competition, Hawaii - Music Teachers' National Association (1985)
  • National competitions - Philippines
    Lino Rivera won his first national piano competition at age eight. He won a national music scholarship in high school that resulted in further piano studies in Manila. His numerous successful piano competitions throughout his schooling years led to radio and television broadcasts, notably live concerto performances with the Manila Symphony Orchestra and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra.

Interests

Scholarly Interests: 

 

  • Music

    As an active concert pianist, I am especially passionate about contemporary music and piano transcriptions. I study and perform great works by great minds of the past and present, such as Beethoven, Bach, and Rzewski. I particularly focus on premiere works and those pieces that are seldom-performed, such as Beethoven Piano Sonata Op. 106 (the Hammerklavier).

    • Contemporary music

      The great musicians of the past and present always performed the works of their contemporaries. I follow this tradition. Contemporary music pushes the limits of what can be done in terms of technique, sound color, rhythm, and more. These composers and their works prevent us from being complacent and closed-minded. They offer new ways of hearing things. I believe that we must give them a chance. Imagine, had we not given Palestrina, Bach, Beethoven, Stravinsky, and Debussy their chances, we would only still be singing Gregorian chant today.

    • Piano transcriptions

      The enormous challenges of piano transcriptions fascinate me. These challenges refine and transform my musicianship, technique, and teaching methods. They are great masterpieces of innovation, compositional technique, and imagination.

  • Science and Spirituality

    Einstein and Eckhart Tolle, The Elegant Universe and Spiritual Cinema

  • Favorite Quotes
    • Bach gave us God's Word. Mozart gave us God's laughter. Beethoven gave us God's fire. God gave us Music that we might pray without words. - quote outside a German opera house
    • The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. - Einstein 
  • Specializations
    • Contemporary Compositions
    • Piano Transcriptions
    • Solo Piano Repertoire
    • Chamber Music
    • Classical Symphonic Works
    • Piano Accompaniment
    • Music History