ROBERT CHAMBERLAIN studied for Bachelors and Masters degrees in Australia under Max Cooke, in Vienna as a winner of the Apex/Robert Stolz Scholarship, and also at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada. He works as an adjudicator, presenter, performer, and is a partner in the Melbourne based Team of Pianists – Artists in Residence for the National Trust of Australia (Vic). Between 2004 and 2013 he developed and directed the Team’s annual Spring Piano School, an intensive enrichment program for school aged pianists aged from 6 to 18 years. Along with the other Team of Pianists partners, he performs in and co-directs their annual concert series in historic venues, supported by the C & C Rigg Bequest.
Concert engagements with Australian and international colleagues have taken him to Turkey, Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand, Canada, as well as around Australia. His recordings on around 15 CD’s encompass music for solo piano, two pianos, chamber music, voice and piano, for the Team of Pianists as well as on the labels Tall Poppies, Naxos, Move Records and VoxAustralis. Recent concert performances with leading Australian musicians have included chamber music recitals in Sydney and Melbourne with colleagues from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, vocal music from Australia and Scotland with vocal colleagues from Icon Trio, and trios and duos by Brahms and Beethoven plus JS Bach in The Four B’s with Robert Schubert clarinet and Josephine Vains cello.
On the piano faculty at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University since the 1990’s, Robert filled in 2019 a temporary 12-month role as Co-ordinator of Piano in that school. His scholarly work has included a critical edition of Australian composer Margaret Sutherland’s Sonata for Violin and Piano (Currency Press, 2000, while his professional interests include piano teaching, learning and performance, creativity in piano pedagogy, and style and technique in piano performance.