Dr. John N. Roberts
John Noel Roberts serves as Professor of Music and Chair of the Department of Music at Concordia College. Formerly Artist in Residence and Head of Music at the Western Australian Conservatorium of Music of the Edith Cowan University, Roberts has also served on the faculties at Furman University, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and as Chair of the Department of Music at Mercer University and Director of the School of Music at Stephen F. Austin State University.
Roberts has demonstrated his interpretive skills, technical ability and his wide-ranging piano repertoire in solo and concerto performances in Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, India, Italy, Great Britain, Japan, Canada and the United States. Highlights of his career have been recitals in Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, NYC, Teatro Olympico, Vicenze, and National Concert Hall, Taipei.
Atlanta Audio Society’s reviews of his Chopin and Brahms ACA recordings state that “his Chopin Third Sonata captures all the poetry, the variety and the pure depth of feeling that the composer invested in this work” and “Roberts’ strongly characterized performances strike just the right note. They are robust without losing any of the vital details in the music of Brahms.” Albany Records has released a compact disc of Roberts performing the predominately unpublished piano works of Alec Wilder titled “Alec Wilder, Music for the Piano” (CD TROY 1294).
Roberts is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, where he was a student of Eugene List and Barry Snyder and was awarded the Performer’s Certificate in Piano. He continued his graduate studies at the Yale University School of Music, where he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree. At Yale, he studied with Claude Frank and Ward Davenny and won the Sprague Hall Competition. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Kappa Lambda honorary societies and is a Steinway Artist.