Robert Chamberlain

Biography

Robert Chamberlain studied for Bachelors and Masters degrees in Australia under Max Cooke, in Vienna as a winner of the Apex/Robert Stolz Scholarship, and at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada, where he worked with many distinguished international artists, such as John Perry, Peter Donohoe, Janos Starker and Lorand Fenyves.

A partner in the Melbourne based Team of Pianists, he has developed and directs the Team’s annual Spring Piano School for talented school age pianists, as well as the Weekend Retreat for Adult Piano Students. His performing interests range from period performance to contemporary music and also include chamber and ensemble music of all kinds.

Recent concert engagements have included performances in Turkey, Malaysia and Thailand, at the 2005 Barossa Music Festival in period instrument collaborations on the music of Brahms with clarinettist Craig Hill, numerous contemporary music projects, as well as many chamber and solo recitals, recordings and radio broadcasts. In 2008 he gave recitals, workshops and masterclasses in Bangkok for the Thailand Music Educators Association and in Kuala Lumpur for The Talent Makers music school.

For four years he played in the piano trio, Trio Erytheia, presenting the Australian premieres of works by Australian and European composers as well as standard piano trio repertoire. Other chamber music collaborations have included the Hamer String Quartet and members of the Flinders Quartet, instrumentalists such as flautist Megan Sterling (Hong Kong Philharmonic), saxophonist Jason Xanthoudakis, clarinettists David Griffiths and Phillip Miechel, and vocalists such as sopranos Emily Xiao Wang and Michelle Marie Cook and Louise Page.

Robert has recorded on some 15 CD’s for labels including Tall Poppies, Naxos, Move Records and VoxAustralis. As a scholar, he edited, with violinist Marina Marsden, a critical edition of Australian composer Margaret Sutherland’s Sonata for Violin and Piano (Currency Press, 2000), which they also recorded on the Tall Poppies label.

Teaching

Robert has adjudicated around Australia, for the Australian National Piano Award in Shepparton, for Eisteddfods and competitions in Albury, Ballarat, Wollongong and Melbourne.

He also gives masterclasses and workshops in Universities and music schools on a wider range of topics, focusing in particular on teaching and learning processes, and on style and technique in piano performance.