The Colleges will host Robert Marshall Auler, award-winning concert pianist and a founding member of the Oswego Jazz Project, on Tuesday, Nov. 19. Associate Professor of Piano at SUNY Oswego, Auler has won numerous competitions including the Society of American Musicians First Prize. He maintains a performing and recording career that takes him across the country and worldwide and will perform at 8 p.m. in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library.
The News-Gazette of Champaign-Urbana (Ill.) reviewed a performance as “…truly electrifying-the type of thing that causes hair to stand up and eyes to water.”
Auler was invited to perform on a 15-city tour with orchestra throughout Germany, France, the Netherlands and Denmark. He has also recently presented concerts in Venezuela, New Zealand, Austria and the Czech Republic. In 2014, he has scheduled concert appearances in China and South Africa. An Albany Records solo piano release is also anticipated next year.
His performances in the United States and Canada include appearances at the University of Toronto; Symphony Space; the Aspen Music Festival; the Music Academy of the West; the View Arts Center; the Nantucket Musical Arts Society; as a featured artist on the MTNA Convention’s “Rising Star Series;” and on the “Dame Myra Hess” series in Chicago, with a live simulcast on Chicago’s WFMT-FM Radio.
Auler made his Carnegie Hall debut in June 2004. As a concerto soloist, he has appeared with Symphony Syracuse, the Cincinnati Philharmonia Orchestra, the Tulare County Symphony, the Aberdeen Symphony, and the Simon Bolivar Orchestra, among many others.
Additionally, he is active as a chamber musician – he has been the resident pianist for the Michigan City Chamber Music Festival for the past 11 years-and as a jazz pianist, performing regularly with his quartet, the Oswego Jazz Project. Auler is also a keen advocate of new music.
His recent compact disc release, “American Century,” features music of the last 100 years, influenced by the American vernacular. He has recently also recorded for Boston’s Modern Orchestra Project.
More information about Auler is available on his website.