Robert Szymanek, PhD
I am a Music Tutor & Performance Coach working in London and Manchester, UK. I am passionate about teaching music, motivated by the array of benefits it can bring to people, both personally and collectively.
My education in music includes a Masters and PhD in Composition at the Royal Academy of Music with Brian Elias, alongside training in voice with Mary Hammond and Howard Milner, and in piano with Shelagh Sutherland and Cristine Mackie. In addition, I have a Masters degree in Ethnomusicology from Royal Holloway, University of London, where I also studied Sundanese gamelan with Simon Cook.
As well as private and freelance teaching, I am Course Leader in Gamelan Ensemble Performance at the University of Manchester, where I am also a member of the Research Group in Intercultural Musicking. I have taught on the Professional Development programme at the Royal Academy of Music, Composition Workshops with LSO Discovery, and gamelan at King's College, Wimbledon. I have also written about music, composition and technology for Sound & Music and LSO Discovery.
I have performed music around the world, and composed for phenomenal musicians and ensembles. These include BBC Singers, Kyai Fatahillah Gamelan Ensemble, Youth Orchestra of the Middle East, COMA London, Chroma Ensemble, and incredible soloists including Aisha Orazbayeva, Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Yuiko Asaba, Soufian Saihi, Joshua Doughty, Mali Llywelyn, Alice Barron, Sarah Mason, Ruth Hopkins, Lucie Louvrier, and Joshua Batty.
I have produced two albums under the the moniker Ok Bertie. My debut album Music from a Crowded Planet (2017) was released in conjunction with a pioneering app for iPhone and iPad Crowded Planet, designed in collaboration with Matthew Hasler. A follow-up album will be released in the Summer of 2020. For more information go to: bertieweb.
Compositions, Performances & Albums
There for Me - Piano Solo at LSO St Luke's
Music for Solo Flute and Harp
Performing with Kyai Fatahillah
Gamelan Ensemble at WOMAD