Robert Durso attended the Peabody Conservatory of Music, obtained his Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University, and received his Master of Music degree from Temple University. He has performed extensively, including appearances at Carnegie Recital Hall, the Toronto Music Festival, Temple University, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, and in a tour of South Carolina sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. In September of 2000, Mr. Durso was invited to Caracas, Venezuela, by the U.S. Embassy to present the work of Dorothy Taubman for the first time in South America. He has conducted master classes and concerts at Mount Holyoke College, Portland State University, the Berkeley Chapter of the San Francisco MTNA, Spokane Music Teachers Association, NEPTA in Boston, Tel Aviv, and Rome. His engagements abroad have included concerts at La Chiesa della Palma in Cagliari, Sardinia, where he premiered a work by Sardinian composer Roberto Mirigliano; the Palazzo Cenci in Rome; the Ehrbarsaal in Vienna; and L’Atelier in Brussels. He has also given concerts in Zurich, Taiwan, and Oxford, England. Mr. Durso has performed with the Yaquina Symphony Orchestra under the baton of David Ogden Stiers in a four-concert tour of the Oregon coast. Mr. Durso has worked with Edna Golandsky and Dorothy Taubman since 1983 and was a faculty member of the former Taubman Institute. Recently, he performed and gave master classes at Castelfranc in France.
Mr. Durso specializes in audition and competition preparation, and has produced several first-place winners in national and international competitions, including the Bartok/Kabelevsky International, Artist International NYC, Ambler Symphony Young Artist Competition, the Cal Rudman Competition, and the Marymount Concerto Competition. His students have been accepted and have attended several of the leading conservatories, including the Curtis Institute, Juilliard School, Oberlin Conservatory, Indiana University, New England Conservatory, and the Peabody Conservatory.
Mr. Durso maintains private studios in New York and Philadelphia and provides Taubman training in the San Francisco, Portland, and Boston areas.