A native of Vancouver, Canada, RICHARD KITSON was trained as a pianist in Canada, the United States and England, and received degrees in pianoforte performance and pedagogy (Licentiate, Trinity College of Music, London, England; Associate, Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto). A well-known teacher of piano and music theory in Vancouver, Kitson was a radio recitalist for the CBC, a lecturer in piano teaching methodology and an adjudicator at more than seventy-five music festivals.
He holds a B.M., M.M., and a Ph.D. (with a dissertation on Verdi and the evolution of the Aida libretto) from the University of British Columbia, and received the CHQM Radio scholarship for academic excellence, two graduate fellowships, and a doctoral fellowship from the Canada Council.
In 1972 Kitson joined the faculty of the Department of Music at Douglas College, New Westminster, British Columbia and remained at the College as Professor, Department Head and Director of Arts and Humanities until 1989. During this period he also taught at the University of Western Ontario and was visiting Assistant Professor at the School of Music, University of British Columbia.
Kitson has been associated with the RIPM project since 1987 and has served as a research associate, as Associate Editor for English-language publications, and finally as Associate Editor for RIPM publications.
For his RIPM publication dealing with Dwight’s Journal of Music, Kitson received the Vincent H. Duckles Award (for best book-length bibliography or reference work published in 1991) from the Music Library Association.