Robert FleitzNew York, NY
Robert Fleitz is a Manhattan-based pianist whose stroboscopic oeuvre fires new life into old music and canonical mastery into new. Performance highlights of the past few months include a concert pairing Liszt’s music with that of living Hungarian composers in Debrecen, Hungary; performances of the music of Ives, Brahms, Robert Paterson, Paul Frucht, and Emily Cooley at the Danbury Chamber Music Intensive in Danbury, CT; and his Juilliard degree recital, where he premiered a newly commissioned set of 15 variations by 15 composers on Guillaume de Machaut’s 14th-century virelai Douce Dame Jolie. His summer season culminated in an all-Pärt concert at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Temple of Dendur, for which his playing was described as “mesmerizing” by The New York Times.
Committed to the music of the 20th and 21st centuries, Robert is a member of both of Juilliard’s highly regarded new music groups, AXIOM and the New Juilliard Ensemble, the latter with which he gave the U.S. premiere of Michio Mamiya’s Piano Concerto IV: Scenes of an Unborn Opera. He has founded two innovative ensembles: Resonant Grounds, a bassoon-piano duo that couples new-music master classes with new-music concerts; and Toyeurism, an electroacoustic band featuring live electronics and toy pianos. Robert is a passionate advocate for rising composers, and has commissioned and programmed over forty solo, chamber, and music-theater works in the past four years. A successful composer himself, his compositions have recently been performed at venues such as the Tenri Cultural Institute in New York and the Koncertkirken in Copenhagen.
Education and arts outreach are a focal point of Robert’s work. He recently accepted a teaching apprenticeship with the New York Philharmonic. His past work has included teaching musical theater to students in Sitka, Alaska, and ear training to graduate students at The Juilliard School–as well as organizing outreach trips to New Orleans, Louisiana, and Arusha, Tanzania. Robert’s own piano studies began with his father at age 4. He received his BM at The Juilliard School studying with Julian Martin, and is currently pursuing his MM there with Hung-Kuan Chen. Other major teachers and mentors have included Marc Durand, Ching-Wen Hsiao, and Hilary Easton. He has worked closely with Yoheved Kaplinsky, Jeremy Denk, and Richard Goode, and participated in festivals at Aspen, Bowdoin, Orford, and Banff. He maintains a strong connection with his home state of Florida, where he frequently performs, and remains an important member of the region’s burgeoning new music community.
Roger Sessions: Piano Sonata No. 2
Recorded live at The Juilliard School, New York, NY
Christopher Jette: Utuquq
Recorded live in Sitka, Alaska