About Richard Kahn


Pianist, Arranger, and Composer

For over twenty-five years, pianist, arranger, and composer Richard Kahn has performed his unique arrangements of jazz, Latin jazz, and popular music.  As a solo pianist, he has been booked in virtually every live public venue in Los Angeles.  He has performed for the Emperor of Japan, the Sultan of Brunei, the Prime Minister of Israel, the President of the Philippines, the Prime Minister of Romania, and countless officials of the United States government.  He has entertained at the homes and affairs of hundreds of film and television industry figures, as well as significant contributors in the worlds of art, music, theater, dance, and sports.

Jazz and Commercial Music Educator

Richard Kahn joined the Music Department faculty at the Los Angeles Valley College in Fall 2000, where he is a tenured Associate Professor of Music, teaching Jazz Harmony, Arranging, Improvisation, Composing for Film and Media, Music Notation, Music Technology, Songwriting, and Music as a Business.  He served on the faculty of the California State University at Los Angeles from 1992 to 2000.  He holds a Bachelors Degree in Classical Piano Performance from Washburn University, a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies and Arranging from CSULA, with graduate studies at the University of North Texas in Jazz Performance, Arranging, and Music Technology.  An Apple Award winner, he has been recognized with a Los Angeles Community College District nomination for Excellence in Workforce Development, in the category of Innovative Integration of Academic and Technical Skills.