Roberta Rust

Professor–piano

Department: Conservatory of Music

Office location:

International Center

DI 311

Email: rrust@lynn.edu

Phone: +1 561-237-9009

Fax: +1 561-237-9002

Why Lynn?

Piano study at Lynn is a golden opportunity to follow your unique path of artistic development. Students can fully unleash their solo piano and chamber music potential in the Conservatory's performance-oriented curriculum under the guidance of supportive faculty, motivated colleagues, and a caring community. The award-winning piano studio of Roberta Rust consists of an inspired group of highly accomplished young pianists from around the world.

Professional profile

Roberta Rust has concertized to critical acclaim around the globe, with performances at such venues as Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, New York's Merkin Concert Hall, Rio de Janeiro's Sala Cecilia Meireles, Washington's Corcoran Gallery, and Seoul's KNUA Hall. Hailed for her recordings on the Centaur and Protone labels, Rust has appeared with the Lark, Ying, and Amernet String Quartets and at Miami's Mainly Mozart Festival, the Philippines Opusfest, the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival, Festival Miami, Long Island's Beethoven Festival, and France's La Gesse. Her concerto appearances have included engagements with the Houston Symphony, Philippine Philharmonic, New Philharmonic, Redlands Symphony, Boca Raton Symphonia, Knox-Galesburg Symphony, New World Symphony, and orchestras in Latin America. She has given master classes throughout Asia and the Americas and at the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival, the University of Florida International Piano Festival and the Fondation Bell'Arte International Certificate for Piano Artists program.

Rust has served as a competition adjudicator for the New World Symphony, the Chautauqua and Brevard Festivals, and the Colburn School's Music Academy. She studied at the Peabody Conservatory, graduated summa cum laude from the University of Texas at Austin, and earned performer's certificates in piano and German Lieder from the Mozarteum in Salzburg. A student of Ivan Davis, Arthur Balsam, John Perry, and Phillip Evans, she received a master's degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a doctorate from the University of Miami. Master class studies were with Gary Graffman, Leon Fleisher, Carlo Zecchi, and Erik Werba.

Education

B.M., University of Texas at Austin
P.C., Mozarteum-Salzburg
M.M., Manhattan School of Music
D.M.A., University of Miami

Teaching philosophy

Roberta Rust's teaching philosophy incorporates extemporaneous, traditional, and process methodologies. The extemporaneous style –“improvisatory, spontaneous, and non-directive – aims to foster a sense of wonder and discovery. The traditional, passing on specific interpretive ideas and techniques, employs a direct approach using clear models and extensive demonstration. The teaching of process focuses on the development and gradual unfolding of an interpretive personality by relaying general concepts of style and technique and combines directive and non-directive approaches. Additionally, she encourages students to define external goals and develop the internal motivation needed to achieve them.

Teaching specialties

Applied piano (undergraduate and graduate levels)
Chamber music

Awards and honors

  • Deanne and Gerald Gitner and Family Excellence in Teaching Award (Lynn University)
  • Artistic Ambassador for the United States
  • National Endowment for the Arts Grant Recipient
  • Organization of American States Competition Winner
  • National Society of Arts & Letters Scholarship Recipient (Washington, D.C.)
  • International Concours de Fortepiano (Paris)
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