Performer and composer Robert Fleitz is committed to curating mesmerizing and idiosyncratic concert experiences. As a pianist known for “mesmerizing” and “commanding” playing (New York Times), he has played with Contemporaneous, Ensemble Echappé, the Juilliard Orchestra, Wordless Music, and the RTÉ Irish National Symphony Orchestra. Recent appearances include the Universidade de Aveiro, Latvian National Library, Kyoto Music Festival, BAM Next Wave Festival, MATA Festival, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Le Poisson Rouge. He is a founding member of new-music-violin-piano-experience escapeVelocity and toy-music-theatre-band Wind-Up Elephant, as well as the Melita Ensemble at St. Paul’s Church. He can be found frequently performing away from the piano, as a mover, performance artist, harpsichordist, toy pianist, and baritone. He is also the founder of PROMPTUS, a post-disciplinary collective that curates community-focused performance events.
His “dreamy…ambrosial” compositions (Boston Music Intelligencer) employ systems of fragmented expressivity based on performers’ physicality, the athletic rigour of classical training, imagined relationships, and queerness. Notable recent commissions and performances include the score for the Off-Broadway dance theatre piece Babel, Hilary Easton Dance Company, JUX, and Concerts for Compassion. Born and raised in Lakeland, FL, where he began studying piano with his father at age four, and recently completed his BM and MM at the Juilliard School where he studied piano with Hung-Kuan Chen. A fervent educator, he works as a teaching artist of the New York Philharmonic He is also a a recipient of Juilliard’s Career Advancement Fellowship.
He also loves avocados, Florida clouds, and cartoons.
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