Dr. Robert Grohman

Piano Faculty

Pianist Robert Grohman has been praised for his artistry and musical sensitivity and enjoys an active career as a soloist and chamber musician. New York Times music critic James Oestreich wrote of his most recent Carnegie Hall performance, “Robert Grohman stood out among the players.” His other recent performances have included solo recitals and chamber concerts in Washington, DC, New York City, and New Brunswick, NJ, as well as an appearance as soloist with the Vienna International Orchestra, where his original cadenza for Mozart’s Piano Concerto in C Major, K.467 was hailed by conductor Robert Lehrbaumer as “the best cadenza for this concerto that I have ever heard.” Other recent concert engagements have taken him from a live performance on Chicago’s WFMT Radio to two appearances in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.

Mr. Grohman received his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from Rutgers University, where he won the Irene Alm Memorial Prize for excellence in scholarship and performance, as well as the Music Department Award for excellence in performance. Most recently, he won the Rutgers Seminar Paper Prize for his article, “Not the Slightest Reverberation – Did Mozart’s fortepiano lack knee levers?” He had previously received a merit scholarship to attend the Mannes College of Music where he earned his Master of Music degree. His principal teachers have included Pavlina Dokovska, James Giles, Min Kwon, and Jeffrey Cohen. He has also worked closely with other teachers including Daniel Epstein, Jacob Lateiner, and J.Y. Song and has performed in masterclasses led by teachers including Jerome Lowenthal and Boris Slutsky. His studies have taken him to numerous summer festivals, the Manhattan School of Music, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, and Northwestern University, from which he holds both a Bachelor in Music and Bachelor of Arts degree in Math cum laude.

Making music is one of the most enjoyable, thought-provoking, and fulfilling pursuits that one can undertake. Music is both a deep art form, capable of conveying the entirety of the human experience in sound, as well as a form of universal entertainment. Through the piano, my students learn to express themselves through sound, explore their imagination, and challenge themselves to develop into musical artists. In piano lessons we will work on the skills necessary to becoming a musician and gain an understanding of how to create music, both from the printed score and from students’ own invention. My goal is to to help students find their own unique voice and their love for making and sharing music.

On a weekly basis, lessons will be both challenging and fun, as students will: Develop music-reading skills in order to play music from the score, work to understand and play with musicality and expressiveness, refine technical proficiency in order to control the instrument, study music theory to understand how music works, and train the ear to aurally identify musical patterns and qualities. Additional exercises will include improvisation and composition drills, listening exercises, and performance etiquette.