Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center
An afternoon of intensely evocative Romantic solo music by Chopin, Liszt, and Brahms, connected through themes of death, love, and revolution.
Admission is free, but tickets are required. For tickets, please contact the Union Box Office at 704-894-2135.
Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E Independence Blvd.
16th Annual Belvedere Chamber Music Festival
Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal Church
Music of Philippe Gaubert, Michael Webster, and Aaron Copland
Dr. Tomasz Robak is a versatile keyboard artist, in demand as a solo pianist, duo partner, chamber musician, vocal coach, and organist. Through his skills in multiple areas, he continues the age-old European tradition of the complete musician.
As a concerto soloist he has performed with the New North Shore Chamber Orchestra, the Memphis Repertory Orchestra, the Manassas Symphony Orchestra, the Midwest Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Parma Symphony Orchestra, the Southwest Symphony Orchestra, the White Mountain Symphony Orchestra and the Los Alamos Community Winds. As a solo recitalist, he has performed across the United States in Austin, Baltimore, Canton, Chicago, Los Alamos (NM), Memphis and Washington, D.C., as well as in several cities in Poland, Austria, and Germany.
Over the years he has received recognition in several piano competitions, including winning the Grand Prix at the 32nd Polish Tournament of Foreign Scholarship Holders in Antonin (2019), an Honorable Mention at the 1st International Chopin Competition in Turzno (2019), Second Prize at the International Beethoven Sonata Competition in Memphis (2013), and Second Place in the American Prize concerto category (2018).
He has performed in numerous venues as a collaborative musician. Some recent highlights include: duo recitals with violinist Maciej Lulek at the National Museum in Kraków, Poland in 2019; piano trio performances with members of the Charlotte Symphony; performances of contemporary music through Memphis’s Luna Nova Ensemble, with annual appearances at the Belvedere Chamber Music Festival; numerous recitals in the Charlotte area, as well as appearances as an orchestral keyboardist with the Charlotte Symphony.
Dr. Robak is a full-time Artist Associate in Accompanying and Instructor of Organ for the Department of Music at Davidson College in North Carolina. He also serves as Director of Music at Robinson Presbyterian Church in Charlotte.
Dr. Robak earned both his Doctor of Musical Arts and his Master of Music degrees in piano performance at the Peabody Conservatory, where he also studied organ. His undergraduate studies were at Rice University, where he received degrees in both piano and philosophy, graduating magna cum laude with a Distinction in Creative Works and Research. In addition to degrees in piano, Dr. Robak holds an Associate Diploma from the American Guild of Organists (AAGO). In 2018, he was the recipient of a Fulbright award which allowed him to spend a year at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland. Most recently he was one of four pianists selected to participate in the prestigious 2021 NATS Internship, where he enjoyed the opportunity to coach with master collaborative pianists Craig Terry and Valerie Trujillo. He has studied with a host of wonderful artist teachers including pianists Robert Roux, Benjamin Pasternack, Alexander Shtarkman, Anna Górecka and Andrzej Jasiński, and organists Donald Sutherland and Jeremy Filsell.