Pianist and composer Robert Fleitz performs, commissions, and writes music to curate evocative, occasionally multi-disciplinary experiences for audiences. To this end, he has personally commissioned 113 solo, chamber and performance art pieces, and has given the world premiere to hundreds more, notably including composers Tan Dun and Paola Prestini. Active in performing both classical and new music, his career includes appearances in 24 US states and 11 countries across North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
As performer, Robert’s solo appearances include with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra, the Tampa Bay Symphony, the Juilliard Orchestra, and the New Juilliard Ensemble. He has performed within numerous orchestras and ensembles around the world and is a member of the Melita Ensemble, the piano-trio-in-residence at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Manhattan, piano-violin duo escapeVelocity, and the toy-instrument duo Wind-Up Elephant, the latter with whom he shares his debut album The Grey Light of Day: Grieg and Wurts Sonatas.
As composer, Robert’s oeurve has been recently performed or commissioned by a diverse array of artists, including the Off-Broadway dance theatre piece Babel, the Druskomanija Festival in Lithuania, Hilary Easton Dance Company, and Dallas Symphony principal harpist Emily Levin. Currently exploring themes of queer theory, Catholicism, and movement, his recent work frequently utilizes installation, video, non-traditional scores, and extra-musical performance techniques as a means to uniquely speak to the listener.
Robert Fleitz holds education from The Juilliard School (B.M. & M.M.). Outside performance, his curatorial efforts include founding his initiative PROMPTUS in 2018, a transdisciplinary performance collective exploring devised theatre, contemporary music, and experimental choreographic practice; as well as the Swan City Piano Festival, a multi-day celebration of pianists and piano repertoire in his hometown of Lakeland, FL. He is based in New York City, where he lives with his partner, the composer Krists Auznieks.