FAU Lifelong Learning Society, Jupiter
Robert Prester Robert Prester
 Music  Appreciation
Robert Prester began classical piano studies at the age of 3, soon continuing at the prep- division of the Manhattan School of Music. He was later awarded a scholarship there to earn his Masters of Music degree. Robertís first recording, Trillium, released on Island Records in 1988, was nominated for the Grammy Awards quarter-finals. His most recent recording, Complex Carbohydrates, presents Robertís newest compositions, featuring his jazz and Latin-jazz piano work. One of Robertís early projects on the New York scene was a commission to compose and produce the soundtrack for the CityKids Foundation show, which premiered in the St. James Theater on Broadway. As Musical Director for the production he appeared with Herbie Hancock and Grover Washington Jr. on the Phil Donahue show. Robert also spends time in Hawaii, where he has performed with the Honolulu Symphony as pianist for pops concerts. His keyboard playing aired on episodes of MTVís Real World and he was invited to perform as featured guest soloist with the University of Hawaii Jazz Ensemble and to conduct seminars on improvisation at the University of Hawaii. In recent years, Robertís connection with his classical roots has reemerged as a major focus, leading him to perform solo concert recitals in New York, Maine, Florida, Massachusetts, and Hawaii. His newest classical composition, a solo piano sonata, was recently premiered at the Festival Internacional de San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, and was performed at the National Gallery in Washington DC. He now resides in Florida, teaching, recording, composing, and concertizing.