"Robert is a brilliant musician. It’s not just that he plays well or that he’s a skilled and gifted writer. It’s his intuition and prescience with a piece of music that first got my attention. As an accompanist he is spot on, but as a collaborator, he is to be trusted unreservedly. He is also a gifted educator, a beloved choir director, bandleader... (George Masswohl - "Come From Away")

 ".....our astounding pianist Robert Graham, who is so magical, as soon as he starts to play, all the harmonies are remembered, all the words make sense" (Laurie Hurst - soprano)

Australian/Canadian musician Robert Graham is an award-winning pianist and singer/songwriter, as well as a Music Director, accompanist (vocal, instrumental and dance), choir director, vocal/repertoire coach, entertainer, educator, and human-rights activist. 

Recently relocated to his former home of Perth, Western Australia, Robert is equally at home performing opera, classical, theatre, and pop/rock/jazz repertoire. Robert is also a creator of award-winning original multi-genre music and also collaborates with others to produce new works of theatre and musical theatre.

You can hear some of his music by clicking the yellow banner at the bottom of the page. If you would like to book Robert for your event or venue please check out the "Entertainer" tab above first.

Robert's former band, based in Toronto, was called The Fairest and Best (see link above). Here's a funny video they did called "Celebrity":

 

Not just a songwriter, Robert also performs as a classical pianist and accompanist. Here's a little clip also featuring Toronto pianist and conductor Oksana Vignan:

Robert's Musical Journey

Growing up in Gibsons, British Columbia and Perth, Western Australia Robert graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Music Education. A very short teaching career ensued - which came to an end when Robert decided - at the age of 25 - that high-school teaching was not for him.

Since then Robert has been on an amazing and beautiful rollercoaster of a musical journey. Together with his songwriting and performing, Robert has been Music Director on numerous Theatre productions across Canada and Australia - most recently the "Broadway Concert Series" featuring several of Canada's premier musical theatre performers at the Meridian Arts Centre in Toronto.

His musical collaborations have also included several multi-genre bands and ensembles - including two UK tours with Canadian roots supergroup and (Canadian Folk Music award winners) "Tanglefoot", Perth's own Australia's "Los Chasquis", and his own Toronto band "The Fairest and Best" (www.thefairestandbest.com)

Robert started his songwriting career relatively late in life - but music from his debut solo album "Storm in a Teacup" and the debut EP from "The Fairest and Best" elicited three all-network sync licensing contracts (The Discovery Channel, Fox Sports and The NASCAR Network) as well as contracts from thirteen individual TV shows - including I Am Cait, The Real World, Bad Girls Club, Total Divas and three Kardashian shows - none of which Robert has ever watched! It was also added to the playlists of over 100 radio stations across North America and his songs have garnered awards from the UK Songwriting Contest, the Billboard World Song Contest, the Dallas Songwriters Association Song Contest, and the "Songs for Social Change" contest among others.

Robert was the inaugural recipient of the 2018 Douglas C Cowling Bursary in Liturgical Music and also a winner of a 2109 Toronto Artscape Foundation Launchpad Bursary.

Like his own songs, Robert's career has been varied and eclectic, encompassing many genres. Please click on any of the tabs above to discover more and feel free to sign to Robert's mailing list (see above) to keep up with his musical activities!

 For a further taste of Robert's songwriting (and vocals) check out The Fairest and Best's debut EP - "When I Feel Like This":

 

Here is The Fairest and Best's video "One Little Sign", some live rehearsal and performance footage, and his song "It Could Be You" which calls on people to react to the plight of refugees with compassion - a subject dear to Robert's heart.

 

 

 

 

And finally, a little spot for random interesting things that have happened to Robert recently:

Jan 31st, 2020: One of the songs Robert wrote and recorded by The Fairest and Best, has been picked up by a boutique Slovenian high-end audio company called Erzetich. They have chosen 10 songs, from a world-wide search and "Celebrity" was one of them. It will be on a gold-plated audiophile quality CD which will be used to market the company and the artists. You can get a copy for free (you just pay the shipping and handling!) Check it out!

http://www.erzetich-audio.com/products-compilation_gold.html?fbclid=IwAR0LFM2z71rFM0aodeSyVgBqRlMoflyL71JwJWVie_Ech43_i4wpfV-JAto

 

 

 

 

 

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Upcoming events

Mar27

Sky Lines - A Concert of Australian Music + Lyrics (Cancelled)

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Subiaco Arts Centre, 180 Hamersley Road, Subiaco

Robert is proud to be part of this special concert presented by Western Sky Projects - a one-off concert dedicated to the words and music of Australian musical theatre writers and composers. It features some of Western Australia's best musical theatre artists and is a joyous celebration of Australian musical theatre.

$39.00

Apr10

National Band Championships (Cancelled)

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Scotch College, 76 Shenton Rd, Swanbourne

Robert will be one of the collaborative pianists contracted to play at the Australian National Band Championships, featuring four international adjudicators: Scott Weiss and Paul Popiel (USA) and Ian Porthouse and Tom Davoren (UK)

May17

"Drama in Action - the Secret Life of Songs"

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The Dome Maylands Ballroom, 119-121 Railway Parade, Maylands

Robert will be the collaborative pianist for this event featuring performer, director, and lecturer Nicole Stinton, as part of the "Coffee and Conversation" series produced by the Western Australian chapter of ANATS (the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing).

$25/$20