Juilliard faculty member to present piano recital

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Robert McDonald, a faculty member at the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music, will present a piano recital as part of the Marian Garcia Piano Masterclass Competition and Teachers’ Workshop at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, in Esber Recital Hall. Admission is free. 

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American pianist McDonald has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America and the Far East as a renowned solo recitalist and an esteemed recital partner. He has performed with Isaac Stern, Midori and numerous other artists. McDonald and has taken stage as a soloist with the San Francisco, Baltimore, Milwaukee, Omaha and Curtis symphony orchestras. He has also appeared with the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional of Costa Rica and with the Orchestra Sinfonica Haydn di Bolzano e Trento in Italy. McDonald is an active chamber musician, and has collaborated with the Juilliard, American, Muir, Takács, Brentano, Fine Arts, Orlando and Chicago quartets, as well as with Musicians from Marlboro on several of its tours.

McDonald is on the piano faculty at The Juilliard School and gives classes during the year at the Glenn Gould Professional School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. For the past 21 summers, he has been director of the keyboard program at the Taos School of Music and Chamber Music Festival in New Mexico. Other summer teaching and festival activities have taken him to the Bergen, Besançon, Lucerne, Montreux, Salzburg, Aldeburgh and Schleswig-Holstein festivals in Europe, as well as the Marlboro, Brevard and Caramoor festivals in the United States, and the International School for Musical Arts in Canada.

Among McDonald’s numerous awards, grants and prizes are the Gold Medal at the Busoni International Piano Competition in Italy and top prizes at both the William Kapell International Competition and the Washington International Competition. He is also the recipient of the National Federation of Music Clubs Artist Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist Grant.

After graduating magna cum laude from Lawrence University in Wisconsin, Robert McDonald continued his education at the Curtis Institute of Music, The Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music. He has studied with Theodore Rehl, Seymour Lipkin, Rudolf Serkin, Mieczyslaw Horszowksi, Beveridge Webster and Gary Graffman.

McDonald has recorded for the Sony Classical and Vox labels with Midori, Isaac Stern and Elmar Oliveira. He has also recorded for the Bridge, Musical Heritage Society and CRI labels, as well as for the British label ASV with violist Helen Callus.

Last Updated October 16, 2013