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Richard (Dick) Maltz (b. 1958) is a composer based in Lexington, South Carolina. Raised in Randolph, Massachusetts, he attended Berklee College of Music before receiving degrees from the universities of North Texas and South Carolina.
Dick studied composition with Thomas Clark, Dick Goodwin, Ben Johnston, and Robert Ward.
"Richard Maltz is a very prolific composer, and I have enjoyed working with him and having the opportunity to conduct many of his compositions."
- Donald Portnoy, Ditson Conductor's Award winner
His work has been performed across the United States and abroad. He has been awarded numerous grants to support the creation, performance and recording of his music. His commissions include the Charleston Symphony, Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra and the South Carolina Philharmonic. He was guest composer at the London Gala Concerts, the South Carolina Conductors Institute and the Cummington Community of the Arts.
Dick’s music is primarily neoclassical. He is equally at home writing for both large and small ensembles – from solo piano to symphonies and opera. He favors lyrical melody, unobtrusive harmony, simple textures and clear forms.
In 2013, his opera, Bambino, was added to the permanent display in the "Babe Ruth: His Life and Legend" exhibit at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
Dr. Maltz is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of South Carolina Aiken where he taught music theory and composition for 27 years. He founded the Aiken Composers Guild in 2018, an association of college professors, students and community members dedicated to promoting new music. He founded the Aiken Youth Orchestra and served as its conductor and artistic director from 2002 to 2009. He is currently Director of Music at St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church in Aiken, South Carolina.
Dick can be found on weekends either watching the New England Patriots or fighting his way out of local sand traps.
The composer congratulating his son, pianist Daniel Adam Maltz, at the premier of his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra.