Based in Philadelphia, PA
Robert Durso attended the Peabody Conservatory of Music, obtained his bachelor of music degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, and received his master of music degree from Temple University. His principal teachers were Enrica Cavallo-Gulli, Harvey Wedeen, Edna Golandsky, Dorothy Taubman, and Rosalyn Tureck.
Mr. Durso has performed extensively, including appearances at Weill Recital Hall, the Philadelphia Ethical Society, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, and in a tour of South Carolina sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. In September 2000, Mr. Durso was invited to Caracas, Venezuela, by the U.S. Embassy to present the work of Dorothy Taubman for the first time in South America.
Mr. Durso has conducted master classes and given concerts at Mount Holyoke College, Portland State University, the Berkeley chapter of the San Francisco MTNA, Spokane Music Teachers Association, and NEPTA in Boston, Tel Aviv, and Rome. His engagements abroad have included concerts at La Chiesa della Palma in Cagliari, Sardinia, where he premiered a work by Sardinian composer Roberto Mirigliano; the Palazzo Cenci in Rome; the Ehrbarsaal in Vienna; L’Atelier in Brussels; as well as concerts in Zurich, Taiwan and Oxford, England. Mr. Durso has performed with the Yaquina Symphony Orchestra under the baton of David Ogden Stiers in a four-concert tour of the Oregon coast. He has performed and given master classes at the invitation of Paul Roberts at Castelfranc in France.
A frequent performer, Mr. Durso is a founding member of the Belmonte Trio (with Jennifer K. Lee and Glenn Fischbach). The Belmonte Trio was awarded The 2013 Global Music Award of Excellence in Ensemble Playing. “These are passionate, thoughtful and sophisticated performances” GMA. He has collaborated in chamber music performances with Stephanie Jeong, associate concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony, and several Philadelphia Orchestra members, including John Koen, cello, and Jason Depue, violin.
Mr. Durso has worked with Edna Golandsky and the late Dorothy Taubman since 1983 and was a faculty member of the former Taubman Institute. Currently, Mr. Durso is a co-founder and senior director of the Golandsky Institute, held annually at Princeton University.
He has produced several first-place and top winners in national and international competitions, including the The Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition 2014, Josef Suk International Competition. 2013, The Princeton Piano Competiton winner 2012, Bartok/Kabelevsky International, Artist International NYC, Ambler Symphony Young Artist Competition, the Cal Rudman Competition and the Marymount Concerto Competition, 16th International Gianluca Campochiaro Competition in Pedara, Sicily, and the International Piano Competition “Giuseppe Terracciano” Giffoni Valle Piana, Italy, 2007.
Mr. Durso specializes in audition and competition preparation. His students have been accepted and have attended several of the leading conservatories, including the Curtis Institute, Juilliard School, Oberlin Conservatory, Indiana University, New England Conservatory, and the Peabody Conservatory.
Mr. Durso maintains private studios in New York and Philadelphia and provides Taubman training in the Denver, Tampa, and Boston areas.