Robert Andres (Portugal)

The Croatian/Portuguese pianist Robert Andres graduated from the Zagreb Music Academy and subsequently received a scholarship from the Soviet government to study at the St. Petersburg (Leningrad) Conservatory with D. A. Svetozarov, a student of the great Russian pianist Sofronitski. He continued his studies in Vienna, and the United States where, as a Fulbright scholarship recipient, he studied at the University of Kansas with renowned Portuguese/American pianist Sequeira Costa (who studied with V. da Motta, one of the last students of Liszt, as well as with M. Long and J. Fevrier), and earned there a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano, and a master’s degree in musicology. Having thus assimilated the tradition of the Russian as well asGerman and French schools, he has also received valuable advice from renowned pianists, such as Pierre Sancan, Rudolf Kehrer, Claude Frank, Leonid Brumberg and Peter Katin.

Andres has performed in recitals, with orchestras, and in chamber music concerts in many European countries and also in Venezuela and the United States. He has collaborated with artists such as Artur Pizarro, Lorenzo Di Bella, Grigori Zhislin, Zakhar Bron and Chiara Isotton. The piano duo with his wife, the Irish pianist Honor O’Hea, has, since 1995, met with enthusiastic response from critics and audiences alike.

After teaching at the Kalamazoo College in Michigan, U. S. A., since 1993 he has been teaching at the Madeira Conservatory –School of Arts, where he is at present a tenured professor of piano and head of the keyboard department. He is often invited to teach masterclasses and has been on the jury of around twenty international piano competitions.

Since 1997 he has been Managing Director of the Association of the Friends of the Conservatory, a concert-organising benefit organisation that supports young talented musicians from the Region and has so far presented in its concert seasons almost 300 concerts with internationally renowned musicians.He is the artistic director of the Madeira PianoFest and was also the co-organizer of the 28th annual EPTA European conference that took place in Madeira in July 2006.

Having developed an intense activity as a writer and lecturer on musical topics, Andres has contributed to a number of prestigious music journals, encyclopaedias, and magazines in various countries. In 2001 the Scarecrow Press (U.S.A.) published his book on the beginnings of the scientific approach to piano technique and in 2008 he recorded a CD with piano works of Madeiran composer Victor Costa.