Hello, and welcome to my website!
I am a pianist from Oakland, California. I perform a lot of contemporary music and also specialize in the works of J.S. Bach. In 2018, I recorded my own version of Bach’s Golberg Variations. The album is available for purchase HERE.
I am proud to curate a monthly recital series, as well as maintian an active gigging and teaching schedule. When I’m not playing the piano, I can usually be found running long distances, hanging out with my ornery cat Ernie, or reading excessively. Please feel free to get in touch if you’d like to discuss potential lessons, musical collaboration, or anything else.
My work at the piano explores hidden and overt moments of musical expression – I enjoy probing the boundaries of time, volume, speed and density as it reflects our frenetic 21st-century experiences and sensibilities. I am attracted to pieces that contain poetry, movement, electronics, vocalization, and extended pianistic techniques, and I am particularly excited to parse through dense sound textures and counterpoint in contemporary and Baroque works. From moments of outward energy to spacious introspection, I aim to bring listeners towards a deeper understanding of a work’s cohesive structure and inherent ethos.
News and Updates – Spring 2019
My Goldberg Variations CD is now available! Please click on the button to make a purchase.
Musical Grant Award from Intermusic SF!
Melinda Becker and I (New Moon Duo) were awarded a Music Grant from Intermusic SF recently. We are commissioning composer Nicolas Lell Benavides to write a new song cycle exploring the unique cultural identity of New Mexicans. The songs will be sung in Caló a dialect of Spanish spoken first by Chicano communities in New Mexico and Texas along the U.S.-Mexico border, and later spreading to Los Angeles and the Bay Area.
Engineer James Riotto and percussionist Mark Clifford were also on hand to record the session (and serve as page turning ninjas in a pinch!).
We look forward to next year’s album release, Rob!