"Being an artist, one has to be stubborn with what you believe. At times, life seems great and the world is smiling at you. But one has to be prepared for the raining day. How do you stay grounded to your mission? What is the most important thing in life? Success or happiness? Are these two related?"
"I did not choose music, music chose me. As far as I can tell I am always listening to music, for real or inside my head, and this has been the way as long as I can remember. Music structures my outlook, it wipes clean my window to the world, and it also allows me to get closer to my feelings"
"Music has always been an outlet for me, a form of expression and a rush of adrenaline, nothing beats it. More than just enjoyment and social community, I’ve found music as a form of emotional therapy to work through things I’ve struggled with."
"At one college (Sussex County Community College) my job involved teaching music history (I was a musicologist after all) but had to also conduct the chorus. I admit I was a little intimidated as my conducting experience was limited. But, it was like I had discovered who I really was, the part of me I felt I’d been searching for but hadn’t any idea was it."
"Music is a big part of my life. First of all, it helps me to let my emotions out, because it's not healthy to keep all the emotions (good as bad) inside. You need to find a way to let them out. Music is the way I do it. Secondly, I love telling stories, but I'm not good at telling stories with words. So I tell the stories in my music."
From his home in Milan, Italy, Robert is teaching English online to around 15 high school & adult students which takes up about 32 hours of his afternoons, eves & weekends. He’s hoping to be able to afford to spend more extended, uninterrupted time on composing, arranging and writing.
What’s your first musical memory?
Hearing the local Youth Orchestra and wanting to ‘do that’. I was 11 years old, and though I had been having piano lessons for a few years, it was the sound of the violin and string section that caught my imagination. They played Eine Kleine Nachtmusic. I added violin to piano and ended up doing a diploma in both.
Howard was one of my lecturers when I was studying for an MA in TV/Film composition at Kingston Uni in London during 2002–3. He taught a module which involved learning about sound synthesis and using various software to mutate, morph & combine sounds.
Composer & Pianist