St. Louis, Missouri, who started his studies at
seven years of age and enrolled the St. Louis Conservatory of Music in
1971. From 1978 to 1979, he
attended the Meadowmount School,
where he studied under the watchful eyes of Ivan Galamian
and Sally Thomas. His other
teachers included Jacques Israelievitch, Max Rabinovitsj, and Fryderyk Sadowski.
He also took master classes with Josef Gingold,
Szymon Goldberg, Alexander Schneider, and Henryk Szeryng. He furthered his education at
Juilliard in 1977 and graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor of Music
degree. Then, he moved back to St. Louis and earned
his Master’s at the aforementioned St. Louis Conservatory.
In 1973, he
became concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, a position
he held until 1980. Other
groups with whom he has worked comprise the Breene-Irawati
Duo, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Highland String Quartet, the
Highland Trio, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic,
the Opera Pacific Orchestra, Orchestra Nova, the Pacific Chorale, the
Pacific Symphony Orchestra, the St. Louis Conservatory Orchestra, the St.
Louis Conservatory String Ensemble, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the
San Diego Chamber Orchestra, and the San Diego Symphony.
On 9th July
1991, he and fellow PSO members, violist Craig Gibson, cellist Andrew Honea
and violinist Rachel Robinson, participated in the Seal Beach
Festival. Their program
consisted of the “American” quartet by Antonin
Dvorak, “Quartet in D minor, K. 173” by Wolfgang Amadeus
Mozart, and the “Al Santo Sepolcro”
sonata by Antonio Vivaldi.
He toured Japan three
times with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and John Mauceri,
in 1994, 1996 and 1998. In March
2006, he toured Austria
with the PSO. Back home in San Diego, he joined forces with the Breene-Irawati Duo at Newport Center
Church for the “Ghost”
trio of Ludwig van Beethoven and “Piano Trio No. 1” of Felix
Trio opened the High Desert Chamber Music season with “String Quartet
No 7 in F major” (“Razumovsky”)
and “String Trio No. 3” by Beethoven, and “Serenade in C
major” by Ernst von Dohnanyi, in September
2010, Orchestra Nova interpreted both Astor Piazzolla’s
and Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons on a mini-tour of La Jolla, San Diego,
Chorale and PSO celebrated the fortieth anniversary of conductor John
Alexander on 6th November 2011 with music of Beethoven, Johannes
Brahms, Anton Bruckner, Gerard Finzi, and Jake Heggie.
which Robert appears include the soundtrack of the short film, Bird in a Cage, Future Selves by Transfer, Gypsy
by Bette Midler, Pardon My English
by George and Ira Gershwin, Triumph
& Symphony by Anna Madorsky, and When Dreams Become Reality by
Thieves & Liars.
In the field
of music education, he has instructed advanced students for at least two
He has also
played semi-professional and professional hockey in the Continental League,
for the Decatur Storm, as well as teams organized by DisneyICE
and the Los Angeles Kings.