Artist-in-Residence in Piano
Hailed as a “consummate artist -- brilliant, formidable, effortless, and the epitome of control and poise,” Robert Henry is an internationally distinguished pianist, winning universal acclaim as orchestral soloist, recitalist, accompanist, and chamber musician.
Career highlights include 2002 solo debut recitals at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, with critics praising his “flawless technique, smooth and limpid phrasing, exciting programming.” He has presented concert tours of the United States, England, Nova Scotia, and Italy. A renowned collaborator and chamber musician, he has appeared with such notable conductors as Robert Spano, Donald Runnicles, and Stefan Sanderling. He has presented recitals with the Pacifica Quartet, cellist Shauna Rolston, soprano Mary Ann Hart, and tenor Sergio Blasquez. In response to Hurricane Katrina, he coordinated and performed in the 2006 “Pianists for New Orleans” tour of the United States, raising over $100,000. He has presented concert tours in the U.S., England, Nova Scotia, Russia, and Italy. Dr. Henry presented his London debut in prestigious Wigmore Hall in July 2011, playing Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, and critics applauded his “gorgeous tone, and his immense control of voicing, texture, and dynamics.”
Dr. Henry has enjoyed phenomenal success competitively, ultimately winning the gold medal in four international piano competitions. On three occasions, juries have spontaneously created special prizes to honor his performances, including Best Performance of a 20th-Century Work and Best Performance of a Commissioned Work.
In 2010, Dr. Henry released his debut CD, Twelve Nocturnes and a Waltz. The recording is a collection of some of the world’s best-loved melodies, including the world premiere recording of Alexei Stanchinsky’s forgotten Nocturne from 1907. Gramophone Magazine offered their review of the album: ‘Robert Henry’s lyricism hits the mark. Cogent shaping, dynamism, and power…inner voices decisively sing and project in his Chopin…bass lines reinforce this music’s often ignored backbone…rapturous and texturally refined playing…absolutely enchanting.” Dr. Henry was also winner of two 2010 Telly Awards for the documentary about his recording experience. His own transcription of Chet Atkins’ “Waltz for the Lonely” was recently published. Future projects include a 2013 solo recording of Brahms, Schubert, and Liszt, a 2014 recording of Beethoven’s Complete Works for Cello and Piano with cellist Charae Krueger, a 2014 debut in Paris, and a recording of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I.
Dr. Henry earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland, with additional studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Glinka Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia. As an educator and pedagogue, Dr. Henry presents lectures, masterclasses, residencies, youth concerts, and has been featured in American Music Teacher, Gramophone, and Clavier. He has served as clinician and juror for state, regional, and national MTNA conventions and competitions. Currently, he is Artist-in-Residence at Kennesaw State University, Director of Music at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, Assistant Director of the Atlanta Boy Choir, and Artistic Director of the “Great Performances Concert Series” in Highlands, NC. He maintains his web-presence at www.roberthenry.org.
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