Robert Rocco is a native of western Pennsylvania, where he began piano studies with his mother at age five. He holds degrees in music performance from Carnegie Mellon and Yale University and was cited for achievement in solfège and music theory. His teachers include Daniel Pollack, Claude Frank, Jeaneane Dowis, Jean-Pierre Marty, Paul Posnak, Joan Panetti, Donald Currier, and Eugene List. He has also played in master classes with Boris Berman, James Tocco, Margaret Singer, Martin Katz, Margo Garrett, Gaby Casadesus, and Noël Lee. Further studies have taken him to the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau as well as to the Mozarteum in Salzburg, where he earned a certificate in German Lieder accompanying. He taught courses in French and German diction and also served as a collaborative pianist and vocal coach at Carnegie Mellon and Chatham University before coming to the School of Music at University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he performs with faculty and students and teaches courses in aural skills.
I regard singing as the portal to strong musicianship skills for all students. As a proponent of aural skills I aim to foster an appreciation of the thousand-year history of sight singing in Western music and use that as a basis for students' development as skilled listeners and interpreters of music.
- American Conservatory of Fontainebleau
- Recognized for excellence in solfège and music theory at the Yale School of Music
- Certificate in German Lieder Accompanying, Salzburg Mozarteum
- Pianist for the James Galway Flute Master Class, UNCSA (2013)
- Harpsichordist, New Baroque Chamber Players (see link above)
- Translator, Diction with Conviction: Singing in German (Diction Program, AIMS)
- Pianist with the Robert Page Festival Singers throughout Europe (2001, 2004)
- Pianist in concert of chamber music by Maurice Patrick Byers, UNCSA alumnus, Merkin Concert Hall, New York City (2003)