BIO

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Robert is a multi-genre composer, pianist, teacher and writer.  In 2019 he premiered his piano composition A Distant Shore, an American Prize semi-finalist at the Portland Conservatory’s Noonday Concert Series, had readings of his two most recent plays Debussy's Daughter and Cleopatra's Tomb by actors from the Maine theater community, and had two movements of his Blue Ballet Suite recorded by the Ergon Ensemble through Parma Recordings.  In April 2021 he released his latest album, The Presence of That Absence and followed it up with a performance of two movements from Blue Ballet Suite at a Portland Conservatory Noonday Concert in December 2021.

Robert received his baccalaureate degree in music from the State University of New York at Oswego where he studied piano with Anthony Crain DMA. After a semester of post baccalaureate study, he continued his piano studies in NY with concert pianist John Contiguglia, theory, piano, music history and ear training with composer Roland Trogan, jazz piano at Lynn Oliver Studios, arranging and production with Jordan Kaplan, taught at the NY School of Music and Ridge Music Outlet, and worked for music industry leaders such as Gil Evans, Warner Bros. Music, and Chappell Music.

 

Robert then moved to Portland, Maine where he worked as a full time multi keyboardist/vocalist for six years throughout Northern New England.  When travel demands became increasingly difficult to meet, he redirected his energies to writing, composing, and playing classical, jazz and rock music in the Portland area.  He joined the piano faculty at the Portland Conservatory of Music from 2005 to 2010 and returned in 2017 after working and residing in the San Francisco Bay area from 2010 to 2016.

Robert is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). His music is available online through iTunes, Amazon, and other outlets and can be heard worldwide on Soundcloud and Jango Internet Radio.