performing with Davidson College Chorale
Davidson College Presbyterian Church
Organ soloist, Saint-Saens Symphony No. 3 in C minor "Organ"
Davidson College Symphony Orchestra
Duke Family Performance Hall
Performing on organ and piano during the service.
Davidson United Methodist Church
233 S Main St, Davidson, NC 28036
Continuo player for Handel's Messiah
Knight Theater, 430 S Tryon St.
Fri 12/2 7:30p
Sat 12/3 7:30p
Sun 12/4 3:00p
Davidson College Opera Workshop presents
Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel
Tyler-Tallman Hall, Davidson College
Fri 11/18 7:30
Sat 11/19 7:30
Sun 11/20 3:00
Dr. Tomasz Robak is a versatile keyboard artist, in demand as a pianist, organist, duo partner, chamber musician, and vocal coach.
Robak currently serves as a full-time collaborative pianist and instructor of organ at Davidson College in North Carolina. At Davidson, he plays for a variety of concerts, including vocal and instrumental recitals, choral concerts, opera workshop performances, and annual college-wide services. He also coaches singers and instrumentalists and teaches a small studio of organ students. Most recently, he has been appointed organist at Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, one of the largest PC(USA) congregations in the United States. Comfortable in front of any keyboard, Robak also appears regularly as an orchestral keyboardist with the Charlotte Symphony.
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).
As a piano 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.
He has performed in numerous venues as a collaborative musician. Some highlights include: duo recitals 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; and numerous recitals in North Carolina.
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, 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. In 2021 he was one of four pianists selected to participate in the prestigious 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.