Tom Robak, accompanist
Polish-American artist Tomasz Robak is a concert pianist, chamber musician, organist, and educator. Through his versatile skills in multiple areas, he continues the age-old European tradition of the "complete musician".
His achievements as a soloist include concerto appearances with the New North Shore Chamber Orchestra, the Memphis Repertory Orchestra, the Manassas Symphony Orchestra, the Midwest Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Parma Symphony Orchestra, the Southwest Symphony Orchestra, the White Mountain Symphony Orchestra and the Los Alamos Community Winds. He has been heard in solo recitals across the United States in Austin, Baltimore, Chicago, Los Alamos (NM), Memphis and Washington, D.C.as well as on radio at WFMT-Chicago and WKNO-Memphis. He has also performed in Poland, Austria, and Germany.
Over the years he has also received recognition in several competitions, including winning the Grand Prix at the 32nd Polish Tournament of Foreign Scholarship Holders in Antonin (2019), an Honorable Mention at the 1st International Chopin Competition in Turzno (2019), Second Prize at the International Beethoven Sonata Competition in Memphis (2013), and Second Place in the American Prize competition — Concerto category (2018).
An enthusiastic performer of contemporary music, he is a member of the Luna Nova Ensemble in Memphis, TN and performs annually in the Belvedere Chamber Music Festival. In 2018 he received a Fulbright award to Poland which allowed him to spend the 2018-19 season at the Szymanowski Academy in Katowice studying the piano music of contemporary Polish composers such as Henryk Górecki and Wojciech Kilar.
In the fall of 2019 he will take up duties as an Artist Associate at Davidson College in North Carolina. He will serve as choral, vocal, and instrumental accompanist and organist for Davidson’s Music Department.
Mr. Robak completed his undergraduate studies at Rice University, graduating magna cum laude with degrees in both piano and philosophy, and a Distinction in Creative Works and Research. He later received a Master of Music degree in piano performance at the Peabody Institute, where he is currently a doctoral candidate. He has studied with a host of wonderful artist teachers including Robert Roux, Benjamin Pasternack, Alexander Shtarkman, Anna Górecka and Andrzej Jasiński.