Rob Auler

ROBERT MARSHALL AULER is an award-winning American concert pianist who maintains a national and international performing and recording career. Auler has won numerous competitions, including the Society of American Musicians First Prize. Following his success in the Young Keyboard Artists’ Association Piano Competition, Auler was invited to perform on a fifteen-city tour with orchestra throughout Germany, France, the Netherlands and Denmark. He has also recently presented concerts in Venezuela, New Zealand, Austria and the Czech Republic. Upcoming projects in 2014 include concert appearances in China and South Africa and an Albany Records solo piano release.

Auler has also appeared throughout the United States and Canada, including performances at the University of Toronto, Symphony Space (NY), the Aspen Music Festival, the Music Academy of the West, Montreal’s Christ Church Cathedral, the View Arts Center (NY), City College of New York, the Monadnock Festival (NH), the Nantucket Musical Arts Society (MA), as a featured artist on the MTNA Convention’s Rising Star Series, as the 2013 Guest Artist in Piano at Hamilton College (NY), and on the Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago, with a live simulcast on Chicago’s WFMT-FM Radio.

Robert made his Carnegie Hall debut in June 2004. He has been on the faculty of SUNY Oswego since 2003, recently having been promoted to Associate Professor of Piano.

As a concerto soloist, Rob has appeared with Symphony Syracuse (NY), the Cincinnati Philharmonia Orchestra (OH), the Tulare County Symphony (CA), the Aberdeen Symphony (SD), the), the Amherst Symphony (NY), the Northwest Florida Symphony, the Champaign-Urbana Symphony (IL), the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Simon Bolivar Orchestra (VZ), the Blue Lake Festival Orchestra (MI) and the LaPorte Symphony (IN), and the University of Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra.

Rob is quite active as a chamber musician as well. He appears regularly with violinist Irina Muresanu. He has recently appeared with the Ying Quartet, the MIRO Quartet, the ARIEL Quartet, and cellist Julie Albers, and has been the resident pianist for the Michigan City (IN) Chamber Music Festival for the past eleven years.

He is a keen advocate of new music, having worked with William Bolcom, Steve Reich, Leslie Bassett, Martin Bresnick, Rudolf Haken, and Frederic Rzewski, Jonathan Pieslak and Carter Pann. Robert has performed with new music groups the Upstate X-tet, Brave New Works Ann Arbor, Cincinnati’s Music X Series, and the Society of New Music in Syracuse, NY.

His recent compact disc release, American Century, features music of the last 100 years influenced by the American vernacular. Auler has also recorded recently for Boston’s Modern Orchestra Project.

Robert is a huge fan of the University of Illinois Fighting Illini, the Chicago Cubs, and the U.S Men’s National Soccer Team. He is also an active jazz pianist, performing regularly with his quartet, the Oswego Jazz Project. Robert is a competitive tennis player, a former baseball player, and is now attempting to learn to golf—so far to no avail. He and wife Tara were married in June 2008. Daughter Katie was born in November 2011.

“Auler is gaining an outstanding reputation for his sensitive and expressive playing. He is one of the best pianists and musicians I have heard for quite some time. His technical virtuosity is stunning. He has exquisite control over dynamics and musical nuance. He has plenty of power in his playing, and on the other hand can shape a pianissimo phrase with many timbres.”
“The performance was truly electrifying—the type of thing that causes hair to stand up and eyes to water.”
--Champaign-Urbana (IL) NEWS-GAZETTE
“First-rate pianist Robert Auler...delivered a highly charged opening to Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1. His interpretation was consistent—throughout the entire concerto, Auler maintained his intense focus on detail, while never losing sight of the larger dramatic picture.”
--Cincinnati NEWS-RECORD
“Mendelssohn’s Variations Seriueses was superbly played by pianist Robert Auler.”
--Ann Arbor NEWS