Charles Staples, piano
...Charles Staples, piano
In a review, Clarke Bustard once described Charles Staples'
playing as "forceful,but unforced, as natural as breathing."
A native of Alabama and an honors graduate of the Alabama School of Fine Arts
received his early training under Witold Turkiewicz.
...Charles Staples has held teaching and church music positions in Alabama, New York and Texas, and is currently Director of Music Ministries at Trinity United Methodist Church in Richmond, Virginia.He
is currently on the music faculties of the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University
is married, lives in the West End of Richmond, enjoys cooking and a variety of outdoor activities, and is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Staples
has performed as soloist with both the Richmond Symphony in Liszt's Totentanz and the Richmond Philharmonic in Beethoven's Emperor Concerto, Rachmaninoff's 2nd and Tchaikovsky's
1st piano concerti.He
will also be featured in a solo recital in March, 2007, in Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall in New York City.After his first recital in Richmond, Richmond News Leader music critic Francis Church wrote that Charles Staples "is a pianist of prodigious talent, fire and thunder, blood and guts.