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presents pianist Robert Henry Nov. 30
Nov. 2, 2009 -- Pianist Robert Henry
is the featured performer in the seventh event of Arkansas State
University’s Lecture-Concert Series. The solo recital is Monday, Nov. 30
at 7:30 p.m. in Riceland Hall, Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive. The
event is free and open to the public.
Robert Henry is an internationally distinguished pianist who has
hailed as a “consummate artist- brilliant, formidable, effortless, and
the epitome of control and poise.” Born in Atlanta, he began his musical
studies at age seven, and developed a passion for the stage and studio,
performing throughout the world as soloist, accompanist and chamber
musician, sharing the stage with artists such as conductors Robert Spano,
Donald Runnicles, and Stefan Sanderling, cellist Shauna Rolston, the
Pacifica Quartet, soprano Mary Ann Hart and tenor Sergio Blazquez.
Possessing the rare combination of insight, inspiration, and an amazing
technique, his artistry continues to touch and electrify audiences
across the world.
Career highlights include solo debut recitals at Carnegie Hall, the
Kennedy Center, and Strathmore Hall, with critics praising his “flawless
technique, smooth and limpid phrasing, exciting programming,” finally
announcing “a triumphant debut from an artist of major import!” Of his
recent major orchestral debut with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the
Atlanta Journal Constitution claimed Robert as “…an accomplished
musician, versatile and elegant…he elevated the concerto to a poignant
statement.” He performed the opening concert for 2004 Music Teachers
National Association National Convention, and has presented concerts
under the auspices of American Pianists Association and Chopin
Foundation of America. As accompanist, he toured with the Grammy-winning
Atlanta Boy Choir under the direction of Fletcher Wolfe, and he has
accompanied the master classes of eminent artists Jerry Hadley,
Frederica von Stade, and
Håkan Hagegård. Henry will soon present his London debut in
prestigious Wigmore Hall.
Henry has enjoyed success in nearly every important piano
competition in the world, winning the gold medal in four international
piano competitions in the 2001-2002 season alone. These prizes stand
alongside 14 other first place awards received throughout his career. On
three occasions, juries have spontaneously created special prizes to
honor his performances. He was a laureate of the 2003 Seiler
International Piano Competition (Germany), and he was recognized in the
2003 Leeds International Piano Competition (England), arguably the
world’s most revered competition.
A recently named Steinway Artist, he has earned a reputation for giving
stunning performances of the most demanding repertoire, and for
presenting overlooked masterpieces to the public, from Bach to
Boulanger. One New York critic noted that the “…Chopin-Godowsky Etudes
were beautiful beyond description. His sound brings to mind the great
pianists of the past, for whom beauty of tone was integral to the
structure of the phrase.” In response to Hurricane Katrina, he
coordinated and performed in the 2006 ‘Pianists for New Orleans’ tour of
the United States, and for these efforts, he was presented with the
Distinguished Service Award by the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans.
Future projects include a 2009 debut recording of Nocturnes, with other
recordings to follow, including the complete piano music of the late
American composer Robert Helps.
Henry has earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the
University of Maryland. He has studied closely with pianists Larissa Dedova, Anne Koscielny, David Watkins, Sergei Babayan, and Andre Watts.
As an educator and pedagogue, Mr. Henry presents lectures, master
classes, youth concerts, has been featured in American Music Teacher,
and he operates an exclusive private studio in Atlanta, Georgia. He
serves as Artist-in-Residence at Kennesaw State University. Robert and
his wife Meryl make their home in the mountains of Jasper, Georgia. He
maintains his web presence at
To listen to free MP3
downloads of Henry’s music, visit
http://roberthenry.org/biography/, and click on the media player.
For more details, contact
associate dean for the Honors College, at (870) 972-2308, or via e-mail
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--ASU Public Relations student intern Sara Hulett is
responsible for writing, editing, and online design and formatting of this release.