Lecturer (Piano)

Robert Buxton (Lecturer) seeks to bring music from the past to life for people today through performing and teaching. Robert is completing a D.M.A in Piano Performance at the University of North Texas, where he also received an M.M., studying with Vladimir Viardo. Previously, he studied with Solomon Mikowsky at the Manhattan School of Music, where he received a B.M. degree.  He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in a number of venues; in New York, at Symphony Space, the YIVO institute, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, The Spanish Consulate, and Steinway Hall, in Europe, at the Scuola di Musica in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana (Lucca, Italy), and the Maison Erard (Amsterdam, Netherlands), and in Japan, in Sakata, Yamagata Prefecture, Kyoto, and Tokyo. He performs weekly solo and chamber lecture-recitals at retirement homes and schools, aiming to bring live classical music to a wider audience.

Robert’s forthcoming dissertation, “Musical Time and Memory: a Bergsonian study of Rachmaninoff’s Prelude Op. 32 No. 12,” involves the philosophy of Henri Bergson in elucidating the influence of memory on Rachmaninoff’s piano idiom.  Also a composer, Robert is writing transcriptions of Gospel and Big Band music, pieces based on medieval chants, and original pieces inspired by Jack Kerouac’s Haikus.  Robert and his wife Shoko live in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with their cat Max.