Pianist Robert Fleitz (b. 1992) is an adventurous performer of music from all ages and has performed extensively in the United States, Canada, and Europe. In January 2015, he gave the United States premiere of Michio Mamiya’s “Piano Concerto IV – Scenes of an Unborn Opera” with the New Juilliard Ensemble in New York, NY, for which he was called a “fine soloist” by the New York Times. In 2012, he was featured as a soloist with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra in Lakeland, FL, performing Grieg’s A Minor Piano Concerto, and has also performed with the Tampa Bay Symphony.
Passionate about new music, Robert frequently performs, premieres and promotes the work of both established and up-and-coming composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. He also performs with both of Juilliard’s contemporary music ensembles: the New Juilliard Ensemble under the direction of Joel Sachs, and AXIOM under the direction of Jeffrey Milarsky.
One of Robert’s biggest interests is the importance of the arts in society. As such, arts education and outreach is a main focal point of Robert’s work. With bassoonist David A. Nagy, He is a co-founder of the Resonant Grounds Initative, an organization dedicated to fostering collaboration and creativity amongst young musicians through the performance and practice of contemporary music. Other recent projects have taken him to New Orleans, Louisiana, and Arusha, Tanzania. He recently joined the roster of Art of Giving Back, an organization dedicated to empowering communities through classical music. He has been on faculty at Sitka Fine Arts Camp in Sitka, Alaska; and the Danbury Chamber Music Intensive in Danbury, Conneticut. He is a teaching apprentice for the New York Philharmonic, as well as a Music Advancement Program Fellow and Ear Training Teaching Fellow of The Juilliard School.
Robert’s idiosyncratic interests have also earned him a reputation as an intrepid performer of auxiliary keyboard instruments, with extensive experience playing toy piano, melodica, harpsichord, Hammond organ, and a vintage 1840’s harmonium. In addition, Robert’s collaborative projects have paired him with actors, choreographers, circus performers, folk bands, and DJ’s. As a composer, his works having recently premiered in Florida and New York, and his original children’s musical, Campfire Tales, co-written with Amanda Callihan, is set to premiere in Spring 2016.
Born and raised in Lakeland, Florida, Robert began studying piano with his father, Patrick Fleitz, at age four. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Julian Martin, and is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree there studying with Hung-Kuan Chen. Other major teachers include Ching-Wen Hsiao, Marc Durand, and Naomi Niskala. Robert has also worked closely with Yoheved Kaplinsky, Jeremy Denk, Richard Goode, and Charles Hulin.
Robert is Co-Executive Director and founder of The Resonant Grounds Initiative, a performing duo and educational initiative founded to foster new collaborative relationships among performers, composers, and audiences through the practice, performance, and proliferation of contemporary classical music.
Robert is Co-Founder of the innovative Toyeurism toy piano and electronics duo along with fellow composer-pianist Elizabeth A. Baker.