Assistant Professor of Piano and Chamber Music
Canadian pianist Robert Koenig has quickly established a reputation as a much sought-after collaborative artist and chamber musician. He performs regularly in major centers throughout the world with many of this generation’s most renowned musicians. Recent engagements have included performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, Alice Tully Hall in New York, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, the Seoul Arts Center, the Concertgebuow in Amsterdam, and the Louvre Museum in Paris. He has performed with many of today’s leading artists including Sarah Chang, Hilary Hahn, Pamela Frank, Ida Kavafian, Elmar Oliveira, Sidney Harth, and Aaron Rosand.
Mr. Koenig has appeared at many festivals including Aspen, Ravinia, Banff, the Campos do Jordao Festival in Brazil, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, and the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York. He is frequently heard on radio and television, including National Public Radio, the BBC in London, the CBC Network in Canada, ABC’s “Good Morning America,” and CBS‘s “This Morning.” From 1992-1999, Mr. Koenig was staff pianist at the Juilliard School and in September 1999 he became staff pianist at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. In the fall of 2000, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Piano and Piano Chamber Music at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Mr. Koenig has recorded for Artek, Ambassador, Biddulph, Cedille, CRI, Eroica, and Naxos. His most recent CD of favorite encores for violin and piano with violinist Elmar Oliveira was released in May 2001 on the Artek Label.
Born in Saskatchewan, Canada, Mr. Koenig began his formal training at the Vancouver Academy of Music with Lee KumSing and Gwen Thompson and later studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts and the Academie di Chigiana in Siena, Italy. During this time he was the recipient of several awards from the Canadian Government, including a Canada Council Project Grant. Mr. Koenig completed both his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Accompanying at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he studied with Vladimir Sokoloff and chamber music with Felix Galimir and Karen Tuttle.
Currently, Mr. Koenig and his violinist wife Elaine share their time between homes in Lawrence, Kansas and New York City.
Mr. Koenig's recording of the "Concerto in D for violin, piano, and string quartet" by Ernst Chausson has been re-released on the Artek Recordings label. The excerpt is from the fourth movement.