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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.

Contact Information

School of Liberal Arts » LEAP Program
School of Liberal Arts » Performing Arts: Music, Dance and Theatre
School of Liberal Arts » Performing Arts: Music
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Syufy Hall - 220
Phone: (925) 631-8216
Mail: P.O. Box 96

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Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA), Piano Performance, University of Maryland at College Park

… → 1997

M.M. Master of Music, University of Hawaii, Manoa

… → 1986

B.M. Bachelor of Music , Piano Performance, University of Santo Tomas

… → 1983

External positions

Music Instructor, Santa Rosa Junior College

Jan 1 1999Jan 1 2000

Music Instructor and Accompanist, Los Medanos College

Jan 1 1997Jan 1 2002

Music Instructor, California State University, Sacramento

Jan 1 1994Jan 1 1995

Music Instructor and Accompanist, Diablo Valley College

Jan 1 1991Jan 1 2002

Industry Professional, Individual Piano Instructor

Jan 1 1980 → …

Research Interests

  • Music
  • Contemporary music
  • Contemporary Compositions Piano Transcriptions Solo Piano Repertoire Chamber Music Classical Symphonic Works Piano Accompaniment Music History
  • Piano transcriptions
  • Science and Spirituality


  • Music