Robert McDonald is a graduate of Lawrence University, the Curtis Institute of Music, The Juilliard School, and Manhattan School of Music. He counts among his teachers, Seymour Lipkin, Rudolf Serkin, Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Beveridge Webster and Gary Graffman. McDonald is chair of piano studies at the Curtis Institute of Music, is on the faculty at The Juilliard School and is director of the keyboard program of the Taos, NM, School of Music and Chamber Music Festival.
McDonald has performed extensively as a soloist and as recital partner with Isaac Stern, Midori and other celebrated instrumentalists. He has had appearances with San Francisco, Baltimore, Curtis Symphony Orchestras. He has performed at important international festivals: Aldeburgh, Marlboro, Brevard, Caramoor, Luzerne, Salzburg, Montreux, Besançon, Schleswig-Holstein. He often plays in chamber music groups and has guested with the Juilliard, American, Takács, Brentano, Borromeo, Shanghai, St. Lawrence, and Vermeer String Quartets. He won the Busoni International Piano Competition Gold Medal. Other awards and prizes include the gold medal at Busoni International Competition (1983); top prizes at the William Kapell International Competition and Washington International Competition; National Federation of Music Clubs Artist Award; Deutscher Schallplatten Critic’s PrizeRecordings: Sony Classical, Musical Heritage Society, Bridge, Vox, ASV, and CRI. His compact discs have been released on the Bridge, Vox Cum Laude, Musical Heritage, Stradivari, and CRI labels. He will be on campus the last week of the season.