Richard Provost is Professor of Guitar at the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford. The founder and former chairman of the guitar department at the Hartt School, he resigned his chairmanship of the department in 1987 to devote more time to teaching and performing.
Mr. Provost studied classic guitar with Alexander Bellow of New York City and international concert artist, Oscar Ghiglia. He also studied baroque guitar with Robert Strizich, an internationally recognized authority on this instrument. In 1968 he was selected to perform in the four week masterclass of Andres Segovia held in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. He has also performed in masterclasses conducted by Julian Bream, Rey de la Torre, and Jose Tomas.
In 1972 Mr. Provost spent the year in England as a participant in an exchange program. While there he made his London debut at Wigmore Hall and gave over one hundred concerts for various schools and musical
organizations throughout England. In 1985 he was invited to perform at the Zeven Guitar Festival in West Germany and was recorded for broadcast by Radio Bremen.
He has performed and conducted workshops at major colleges and festivals throughout the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain. These include appearances at Guitar 84 - Toronto, The Boston Guitar Fest, California Summer Arts Festival, and numerous festivals sponsored by the Guitar Foundation of America, and The American String Teachers Association.
He is the author of a widely used three volume series on Guitar Technique (Professional Guitar Publications), The Art and Technique of Performance, and The Art and Technique of Practice (Guitar Solo Publications). In addition he has published numerous articles in both national and international guitar publications dealing with guitar pedagogy and performance issues.