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Dr. Robert Trent


Porterfield 136
Box 6968
Phone: (540) 831-5117
Fax: (540) 831-6133

Classical Guitar soloist, performer of chamber music and concerti, Robert Trent has performed on the continents of North and South America and in Europe. Dr. Trent performs on modern guitar, Renaissance lute and on an original French guitar from the early 19th c. and a reproduction of a 10-string double-necked Romantic guitar of Scherzer.

He has been a first prize winner in numerous National and International competitions including; the Webb National Guitar Competition, the Masterworks Young Artist Competition and the chamber music prize at the International Competition “Arturo Toscanini” in Italy.

He has appeared in chamber music recitals or concerti with The Audubon Quartet, the Kandinsky Trio, Blue Mountain Ensemble and the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra among others.

He is frequently sought after in masterclasses, performances and as an adjudicator at such institutions and festivals as Johns Hopkins University (Peabody Institute), University of South Carolina, Westminster Choir College, St. Joseph Guitar Festival, Rantucci International Guitar Festival, Guitar Foundation of America Festival, Festival Chartres, (France), Festival Condrogianos (Italy), Zevener Gitarrenwöch (Germany), Concours International de Guitar –Maurice Ohana (Paris).

In addition to his in solo recitals he performs regularly with fortepianist Pamela Swenson (as Duo Firenze). In past summers he and fortepianist Pamela Swenson Trent have been in residence as performers and teachers in period instrument performance at the “Accademia L’Ottocento” in Rome and Verbania. Duo Firenze is the recent recipient of numerous awards including: unprecedented two Career grants from The Johns Hopkins University - Peabody Conservatory, two Faculty Development Grant from Radford University, twice from the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

He is a recording artist for Dorian Records© as a member of Duo Firenze. Their first Dorian CD is entitled “Italian Nocturnes: Early Romantic Music for Guitar and Fortepiano (catalogue no: DIS 80156) www.dorian.com . No stranger to new music, he is featured in three works in the recording CD “Traveler’s Tales” Capstone Records (CPS-8776) www.capstonerecords.org/CPS-8776.html works by American Composer Byron Petty entitled.

Recent tours have taken Dr. Trent to Russia, Brazil, Germany and France. Sought after as an expert in performance practice of the early nineteenth-century, he has contributed improvised cadenzas in the style of Fernando Sor to the “Complete Sonatas of Diabelli, Giuliani and Sor, Vol. 1” published by Mel Bay text (melbay.com)

The first recipient of the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in guitar from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Trent is Professor of Music and Director of Guitar and Renaissance Lute studies at the College of Visual and Performing Arts of Radford University.


Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance, The Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University
Master of Music in Performance, Trenton State College
Bachelor of Music in Performance, The Philadelphia College of Performing Arts

Courses Taught

Private Applied Guitar Lessons
19th.c. Guitar
Fretboard Skills (Sight-reading, chords, progressions, improv and arranging)
Guitar Ensemble
Chamber Music
Guitar History and Literature
Guitar Pedagogy
Weekly Performance Class