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"I was impressed by Robert’s professionalism and preparedness, as he expertly worked through the scores with the cast. And onstage, once again I was struck by Robert’s many talents as a piano player, as he was the sole musician on stage. Robert handled the incredibly difficult passages of those iconic scores with ease and dexterity, while still providing the requisite force and bravado to support the heightened drama of the songs. And again, in performance, he was a master accompanist, letting his instincts guide him to either lead the singers forward as required or lay back while a performer emoted or back-phrased sections of music. He even lent his strong rangy bari-tenor voice to the proceedings, which was quite a pleasant surprise."
Jeff Madden (award-winning actor, singer, and musical theatre performer based in Toronto, Canada - currently in the hit musical Come From Away in Toronto, and previously starred as ‘Frankie Valli’ in both the Toronto and Australian productions of Jersey Boys.)
Collaborative piano is a lifelong passion of Robert's and he has a great deal of experience in this area - with singers, instrumentalists, and dancers. He has maintained a private collaborative pianist and/or vocal/repertoire coaching studio for many years and has also freelanced for many institutions: The West Australian Opera Company, Queens University, the University of Western Australia, the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), Sheridan College, Randolph Academy of the Performing Arts, George Brown College, Canadian Children's Dance Theatre, and The Ontario School of Ballet amongst others.
Robert is always keen to explore new musical collaborations in this area. Being an excellent sight-reader and a quick study, he is a sought-after audition and master-class pianist, fluent in all styles of music from classical and opera, pop, rock, folk and jazz. As well as the Australian institutions referenced above Robert is also in demand as a collaborative pianist for the Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB) and numerous educational institutions in the Perth area.
For several years Robert worked part-time in the Music Theatre Performance Program at St Lawrence College in Brockville, Ontario in the role of vocal coach, accompanist, lecturer (and amateur psychologist).
In Toronto he played for numerous auditions and vocal masterclasses, including the following entities:
The Directors Series (Tracey Flye) - Toronto
Stephanie Gorin Casting Inc - Toronto
Dayton/Walters Casting Inc (Book of Mormon) - Toronto
Magnus Theatre - Thunder Bay, Ontario
Port Hope Festival Theatre - Port Hope, Ontario
Showboat Festival Theatre - Port Colborne, Ontario
CATS Mainstage Theatre Company - Toronto
Etobicoke School of the Arts - Toronto
Big Voice Studio (Elaine Overholt) - Toronto
Micah Barne's Singers Playground - Toronto
Bremen Rock City- Toronto
Musical Works in Concert - Toronto
SEOK Productions - Toronto
"It’s his fun-loving, kind, and hilarious personality that makes him the best to work with. Everyone feels welcome, happy, and comfortable when Robert is in the room. He brings a certain levity to all situations, and this is very important when creating. Robert keeps the atmosphere relaxed when the students may feel tense about their own skills and ability. He teaches the students to have fun with what they are doing instead of fearing what they may sound like while they’re doing it. They love working with him because he treats them with respect."
Kara Spencer - Director "Theatre Hive" - Brampton, Ontario
Robert also offers private vocal/repertoire coaching sessions for singers of all abilities. If you are preparing for an audition, struggling with a harmony line, need a recording, or looking to find some new repertoire (he has a huge selection for men AND women, particularly in the Music Theatre, pop and jazz, genres) then please consider contacting Robert. He also offer general musicianship classes for singers who want to improve in that area.
Here is some video from a recent concert featuring Toronto pianist and conductor Oksana Vignan performing a duet of Greig's Peer Gynt Suite, followed by a video of Robert performing a mixture of classical, jazz, light pop, and ballads (piano solo pieces):
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Back at the People's Club to play the people's songs!
Are you in desperate need of some "me" time? Read on!
This is the first in a series of events for the Heart Place Rest Lounge. We are excited to birth our Rest Lounge in collaboration with pianist Robert Graham and his 'Rest, Restore and Recharge' event. This event is co-hosted with the Fremantle Fibonacci Centre. Heart Place is upstairs above the Hinata Cafe. - all at the Fibonacci Centre, 19 Blinco Street, Fremantle
Tickets are limited to 20 places so be quick to secure your place. The rest session with run from 3pm-4pm. Followed by if you feel to stay refreshments, games, songs on the Heart Place Verandah & Community Cafe. 4pm-5pm For Partial Subsidy ( Sliding Scale of Economy) contact Sydel@heartplace.org.au.
Tickets available here: https://heartplace.org.au/.../rest-restore--recharge-with...
About the Rest Restore & Recharge Offering:
"Are you stressed? Tired? Feeling lethargic and "uncreative"? Badly need some "me" time? Do you also love music? Welcome to the first "Rest, Restore and Recharge with Music" event, featuring acclaimed pianist Robert Graham. Imagine a whole hour of "you' time. An hour where you are free to do whatever you wish. An hour with soothing and meditative piano music being performed live, music designed to relax, calm, regenerate and inspire contemplation, all in an air-conditioned studio featuring comfy bean bags, rugs and mats for your comfort.
What you do in the hour is up to you. The possibilities are endless: meditate, rest, read, yoga, dream, write, draw or paint, pray, create, or simply sit and let the beautiful music wash over and through you - as you let the power of the live music revive you. You control exactly how you spend these 60 minutes of bliss. Please note that this is a silent event (other than the music of course). Not only do you have the opportunity to rest, restore and recharge, but the wonderful people at Heart Place will be providing lovely refreshments and organic nibblies afterwards on their shady and breezy verandah. The music will continue there and you can, if you wish, meet and talk with other participants. Or you may choose to simply float home after the event, feeling rested, restored and recharged!"
Tickets (limited to 20) are available at the link above - see you there! Can't make it? Put Sunday Jan 28th in your calendar - that's the next one!
$30 with sliding scale
I am excited to be part of the first-ever launch of "Duelling Pianos" in Perth. This world-wide phenomenon features two pianist/singers riffing off each other and playing audience requests. Every Saturday night for the rest of the year! My dates are July 8th, and 29th, Aug 12th, Sept 2nd and 30th, Oct 28th, Nov 11th, Dec 2nd, and Dec 16th, but head along any Saturday for the show!
Proud to be showing off the world famous Cottesloe Crooners (and doing a set myself) for the annual NCSLS Christmas shindig!