American pianist Robert McDonald has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America, and the Far East as a renowned solo recitalist and an esteemed recital partner. He has performed with Isaac Stern, Midori, and numerous other artists and has taken stage as soloist with the San Francisco, Baltimore, Milwaukee, Omaha, and Curtis symphony orchestras. He has also appeared with the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional of Costa Rica, and with the Orchestra Sinfonica Haydn di Bolzano e Trento in Italy. Mr. McDonald is an active chamber musician, and has collaborated with the Juilliard, American, Muir, Takács, Brentano, Fine Arts, Orlando, and Chicago quartets, as well as with Musicians from Marlboro on several of its tours.
Mr. McDonald is on the piano faculty at The Juilliard School and gives classes during the year at the Glenn Gould Professional School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. For the past twenty-one summers, he has been director of the keyboard program at the Taos School of Music and Chamber Music Festival in New Mexico. Other summer teaching and festival activities have taken him to the Bergen, Besançon, Lucerne, Montreux, Salzburg, Aldeburgh, and Schleswig-Holstein festivals in Europe, as well as the Marlboro, Brevard, and Caramoor festivals in the United States and the International School for Musical Arts in Canada.
Among Mr. McDonald’s numerous awards, grants, and prizes are the Gold Medal at the Busoni International Piano Competition in Italy and top prizes at both the William Kapell International Competition and the Washington International Competition. He is also the recipient of the National Federation of Music Clubs Artist Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist Grant.
After graduating magna cum laude from Lawrence University in Wisconsin, Robert McDonald continued his education at the Curtis Institute of Music, The Juilliard School, and the Manhattan School of Music. He has studied with Theodore Rehl, Seymour Lipkin, Rudolf Serkin, Mieczyslaw Horszowksi, Beveridge Webster, and Gary Graffman.
Robert McDonald has recorded for the Sony Classical and Vox labels with Midori, Isaac Stern, and Elmar Oliveira. He has also recorded for the Bridge, Musical Heritage Society, and CRI labels, as well as for the British label ASV with violist Helen Callus.