136 Powell Hall

Post Office Box 6968
Radford, Virginia 24142

Phone (540) 831-5117
FAX (540) 831-6133

rstrent@radford.edu
Classical Guitar soloist, performer of chamber music and concerti, Robert Trent has performed on the continents of North and South America and in Europe. Trent performs on modern guitar, Renaissance lute, an original French guitar from the early 19th century, and a reproduction of a 10-string double-necked romantic guitar of J.G.Scherzer (reproduced by Gary Southwell). Robert Trent often performs his own arrangements and original works for six and ten-string guitar. Trent has appeared in chamber music recitals or concerti with The Audubon String Quartet, Kandinsky Trio and the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and others.

Trent has been first prize winner in numerous national and international competitions including the Webb National Guitar Competition, the Masterworks Young Artist Competition (for all instruments) and the International Chamber Music Prize "Arturo Toscanini" in Italy. Recent tours have taken Robert Trent to Sardinia, Russia, Germany, Brazil and France.

Sought after as an expert in performance practiced of the early nineteen-century, he has contributed improvised cadenzas in the style of Fernando Sor to the new Mel Bay text (Melbay.com) "Complete Sonatas of Diabelli, Giuliani and Sor, Vol. 1."

The first recipient of the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in Guitar from the Peabody Conservatory of Music of The Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Trent is currently director of Guitar and Renaissance Lute studies at the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Radford University. He is a recording artist for Dorian Records„.
In addition to his solo recitals, he performs with fortepianist Pamela Swenson Trent (as Duo Firenze). Duo Firenze has been in residence as performers and teachers in period instrument performance at the "Accademia L'Ottocento" in Rome and Verbania.

Duo Firenze is the recipient of numerous awards including unprecedented two (2) career grants from The Johns Hopkins University; two Faculty Development grants from Radford Univcrsity and two awards from the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

Their first Dorian CD is entitled Italian Nocturnes: Early Romantic Music for Guitar and Fortepiano (catalogue no: DIS 80156).


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Of Dr. Trent's exciting performances the press has said:

"They (Duo Firenze) perform together as if one and the same person. Beautiful!"

CLASSICAL MUSIC - TAIWAN, ROC.

"A Seasoned Artist Strums the Depths"
"he seemed most intent on using his sweet, crystalline sound to plumb
the emotional depths of each work
."

THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

   
As a soloist, performer of chamber music and concerti, Robert Trent has performed on the continents of North and South America and in Europe. He has performed and recorded with the Grove Guitar Quartet. Dr. Trent also performs frequently on an original instrument from the early 19th c. both in solo recital and with fortepianist Pamela Swenson annually in Europe (as Duo Firenze) and as lutenist.

Click here for sample taken from Robert's Tolkien Suite: I. Frodo and the Palantir  (Performed live at Chartres Cathedral at Festival du Musique de Chartres.)

Dr. Trent has been a first prize winner in the Webb National Guitar Competition and the Masterworks Young Artist Competition. Duo Firenze was the Prize winner at the Concorso Internazionale "Arturo Toscanini" in Italy.

 

Committed to teaching as well as performing, Dr. Trent, at the age of 21, was formerly director of guitar studies at Westminster Choir College-Conservatory and Trenton State College. In past summers he and Pamela Swenson Trent have been in residence as performers and teachers in period instrument performance practice at the "Accademia L'Ottocento" in Rome and Verbania. He was one of fifty Fellows selected internationally to participate in the 1994 Aston Magna Academy.

Dr. Trent is the first and only receipient of the Doctor of Musical Arts in Guitar at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University where he studied guitar with Julian Gray and Manuel Barrueco and lute with Ronn McFarlane. He is currently Director of Guitar and Lute Studies at Radford University in Radford, VA.

Duo Firenze is the only early music ensemble and the only ensemble to include classical guitar, to have been invited to perform at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts as part of it's Millennium Series. Dr. Trent's debut CD with Duo Firenze, entitled Italian Nocturnes: Early Music for Guitar and Fortepiano, is on the Dorian Label (DIS 80156). This recording is distributed worldwide and has received accolades as far as the Asian continent.

Duo Firenze is the only early music ensemble and the only ensemble to include classical guitar, to have been invited to perform at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts as part of it's Millennium Series. Dr. Trent's debut CD with Duo Firenze, entitled Italian Nocturnes: Early Music for Guitar and Fortepiano, is on the Dorian Label (DIS 80156). This recording is distributed worldwide and has received accolades as far as the Asian continent.

 
Education

Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance (1995), The Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University-Baltimore, Maryland

Master of Music in Performance (1979), Trenton State College, Trenton, New Jersey

Bachelor of Music in Performance (1978), The Philadelphia College of Performing Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 
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