Dr. Robert Trent


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

Video page: vimeo.com/roberttrent

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, on an original French guitar from the early 19th c. and a reproduction of a 10-string double-necked Romantic guitar of J.G. 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 (which includes all instruments) and the chamber music prize at the International Competition “Arturo Toscanini” in Italy.

He is frequently sought after as performer, masterclass teacher and adjudicator at such institutions and festivals as:

  • Caroso Festival (ITALY)
  • II Festival Internacional Maracay en Guitarra (VENEZUELA)
  • VII Festival Internacional de Guitarra Ramon Noblé (MEXICO)
  • BRAVIO Festival (BRASIL-Brasilia)
  • Seminario Vital Medeiros (BRASIL-Sao Paolo)
  • IV Festival de Guitarra Clasica de Los Cabos (MEXICO)
  • 3rd Annual Classical Guitar Festival & Competition (Salisbury University, USA)
  • Festival Internacional de Guitarra de Angostura (VENEZUELA)
  • IV Festival de Guitarra Clasica de Los Cabos (MEXICO)
  • Primavera de la Guitarra (PARAGUAY)
  • St. Joseph International Guitar Festival (USA)
  • Festival Condrogianos – Sardinia (ITALY)
  • Chartres International Festival of Music – Six Strings and the Spirit (FRANCE)
  • Concours International de Guitare, Maurice Ohana (FRANCE)
  • Accademia l'Ottocento  (ITALY)
  • Zevener Gitarrenwoch (GERMANY)
  • Arte SESC – (BRAZIL)  / Universidad Porto Allegre  (BRAZIL)
  • Bethlehem Guitar Festival – Moravian College (USA)
  • Festival Internazionale del Coros (SARDINIA, ITALY)
  • Rantucci International Guitar Festival (USA)

Of his performances the press has said:

“His interpretations are dignified, formal, and carefully thought out, with a sense of structural integrity that informs every passing tone.” NEW YORK TIMES


“A SEASONED ARTIST STRUMS THE DEPTHS (headline) “.... he seemed most intent on using his sweet, crystalline sound to plumb the emotional depths of each work.” -PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

In addition to his in solo recitals he performs regularly with fortepianist Pamela Swenson Trent (as Duo Firenze). In past summers they have been in residence as performers and teachers in period instrument performance at the “Accademia L’Ottocento” in Rome and Verbania in Italy. 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:

As a scholar 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 and is currently editor of the Guitar Foundation of America’s ‘Soundboard Scholar’, and blogs on music, guitar, practicing and historical performance practice at kitharamuse.blogspot.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.

Dr. Robert Trent plays Napoleon Coste's " La Source du Lyson"


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

Duo Firenze - "Introduzione e Fandango" by L. Boccherini