Robert FleitzNew York, NY
Performer and composer Robert Fleitz is committed to curating mesmerizing and idiosyncratic concert experiences. As a pianist known for “mesmerizing” and “commanding” playing (New York Times), he has played with Contemporaneous, Ensemble Echappé, Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, the Juilliard Orchestra, Wordless Music, the Domingo Festival Orchestra, and the RTÉ Irish National Symphony Orchestra. He has worked closely with composers including Thomas Adés, Kaija Saariaho, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Tan Dun, and John Zorn, among others. Recent solo and chamber appearances include the Universidade de Aveiro’s Momentum Series, Festival Daniou, Chelsea Music Festival, Latvian National Library, Kyoto Music Festival, BAM Next Wave Festival, MATA Festival, Vox Populi, Wayne-O-Rama Chattanooga, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Le Poisson Rouge. He is a founding member of new-music-violin-piano-experience escapeVelocity, toy-music-theatre-band Wind-Up Elephant, and the Melita Ensemble piano trio in residence at St. Paul’s Church. He can be found frequently performing away from the piano, as a mover, harpsichordist, toy pianist, and baritone. He is also the co-founder of PROMPTUS, a post-disciplinary performance art collective based in New York City that curates community-focused happenings.
His “dreamy…ambrosial” compositions (Boston Music Intelligencer) employ systems of fragmented expressivity based on performative vulnerability, autobiographical artifacts, withheld scores, pop-culture as self-care, and queer iconography. Notable recent commissions and performances include the score for the Off-Broadway dance theatre piece Babel (with Julie Zhu), Conduit, Hilary Easton Dance Company, JUX, and Concerts for Compassion. Born and raised in Lakeland, FL, where he began studying piano with his father at age four, and recently completed his BM and MM at the Juilliard School where he studied piano with Hung-Kuan Chen. A fervent educator, he works as a teaching artist of the New York Philharmonic. He is a recipient of Juilliard’s Career Advancement Fellowship.
He also loves avocados, iced coffee, Florida clouds, and cartoons.
Roger Sessions: Piano Sonata No. 2
Recorded live at The Juilliard School, New York, NY
Shooting for the Moon We Land Amongst Stars
Live recording of my toy-music-theatre piece, written for my duo with Carrie Frey, Wind-Up Elephant. The piece uses the signs of the Zodiac to create improv structures that oscillate between moments of vulnerability and superficial performativity. Text for this performance is written and pre-recorded by Sarah Kendall.
Hilary Purrington: A Sound Soul in a Sound Body (2015)
Commissioned in 2015, Hilary Purrington wrote this piece for my “This is Not a Piano Recital” project. The performance features Brandon Ilaw, Greg LaRosa, Christian Lundqvist, and Josh Vonderheide on percussion