Bobby Mitchell

Bobby Mitchell

Bobby Mitchell is a young American pianist whose interests are embedded in the here and now of music as performance art in combination with the more standard classical repertory of centuries past. He is active as a solo and collaborative concert pianist on modern and historical instruments and is also experienced in the fields of improvisation, composition, and conducting. A deep interest in the tradition of the romantic pianists has led Bobby to push the boundaries between composition and improvisation, interpretation and spontaneity, between new and old repertoire. Bobby has performed in such venues as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC (USA), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam, Netherlands), and has performed as concerto soloist with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, and the Noord Nederlands Orkest, among others. His diverse interests in historical performance practice and in contemporary trends have brought him to venues across Europe, South Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas. Other recent highlights include frequent performances of Frederic Rzewski’s Variations on “The People United Will Never Be Defeated!” and performances of Liszt’s Piano Sonata on an Erard piano of 1849. He records for the Alpha Music label (Haydn on an original pianoforte) and for Telos Music. Bobby holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague (Netherlands), and the Musikhochschule Freiburg (Germany). Primary teachers include Nelita True, David Kuyken, Robert Hill, Stephen Perry, and Bart van Oort.

Email: bobby.mitchell@orpheusinstituut.be