Polish-American artist Tomasz Robak is a concert pianist, chamber musician, organist, and educator. Through his versatile skills in multiple areas, he continues the age-old European tradition of the “complete musician”.
His achievements as a pianist include concerto appearances with the New North Shore Chamber Orchestra, the Memphis Repertory Orchestra, the Manassas Symphony Orchestra, the Parma Symphony Orchestra, and the Southwest Symphony Orchestra. He has been heard in solo recitals across the United States, in Baltimore, Austin, Chicago, and Memphis, as well as on radio at WFMT-Chicago and WKNO-Memphis. An enthusiastic chamber musician, he is a member of the Luna Nova Ensemble in Memphis, TN and performs annually in the Belvedere Chamber Music Festival.
Robak has also had a long-standing involvement in music ministry, and has worked as an organist for churches in Chicago, Houston and Baltimore. As an organ performer, he has collaborated with the Concert Artists of Baltimore and the Peabody Singers, most recently on a performance of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at the Baltimore Basilica. His performance of Kodaly’s Missa Brevis with the Peabody Singers has been broadcast on Baltimore’s WBJC. Since April 2014, he has been serving as Organist and Associate Choirmaster at historic Mount Calvary Catholic Church in Baltimore. Robak holds the Associateship of the American Guild of Organists.
In addition to performing, Robak is a passionate educator. He is a member of the piano faculty at the Peabody Preparatory, is in his fifth year serving as a Graduate Assistant in Keyboard Studies at the Peabody Conservatory.
Robak has received scholarships from the Kosciuszko Foundation and the Polish American Arts Association of Washington, DC. In 2013, he took Second Prize at the International Beethoven Sonata Competition in Memphis. In recognition of his achievements in organ playing, in 2016 he was awarded the Richard Ross Memorial Prize in Organ at the Peabody Institute.
Robak completed his undergraduate studies at Rice University, graduating magna cum laude with degrees in both piano and philosophy, and a Distinction in Creative Works and Research. He completed a Master of Music degree in piano performance at the Peabody Institute, where he is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree. His principal teachers have been Dr. Robert Roux, Benjamin Pasternack, Alexander Shtarkman (piano) and Donald Sutherland, Jeremy Filsell (organ). He has also participated in a host of masterclasses with renowned pianists including Eteri Andjaparidze, Leon Fleisher, Andrzej Jasinski, Julian Martin, John Perry, and others.