Robert Trent has performed on the continents of North and South America and in Europe on modern guitar, Renaissance lute, and historic instruments of the nineteenth-century in particular the 10-string Scherzer and authentic 19thc. guitar.
A first prize winner in numerous National and International competitions including; the Webb National Guitar Competition, the Masterworks Young Artist Competition (all instruments) and the chamber music prize at the International Competition “Arturo Toscanini” in Italy in Period Instrumental performance.
A recording artist for Dorian Records© (with Duo Firenze) in “Italian Nocturnes: Music for Fortepiano and Early 19thc. Guitar” he is also featured on the new CD “Traveler’s Tales” TownHall Records (CPS-8776) in works by American Composer Byron Petty and on third CD with flutist Leslie Marrs on the Oasis label, entitled, “Robert Fruehwald: Flute and Guitar Music”.
Robert Trent has formed Duo Firenze together with fortepianist Pamela Swenson Trent in 1990 and the duo has been a major force in the discovery and authentic performance of early 19th-century music for guitar and fortepiano duet. Touring with their own period Viennese fortepiano and 19th- century guitars, they give audiences a rare visual and sonic experience. Duo Firenze takes it name from the Italian city of Florence, the birthplace of the fortepiano and where the six-stringed guitar flourished. A prizewinner in the Concorso Internazional “Arturo Toscanini” for chamber music in Italy, Duo Firenze has not only dedicated themselves to giving revival performances to this once forgotten art, but has succeeded in delighting audiences in the United States and Europe.
Following studies with Seymour Bernstein and fortepianist Stephen Lubin, performances have taken Pamela Swenson Trent throughout the United States and in Europe. She has been an Artist-in- Residence in the United States and at the Accademia L’Ottocento in Italy. Having been on the faculty of Radford University and Westminster Choir College-Conservatory. She is fortepianist for Duo Firenze, Organist and Choirmaster for Christ Episcopal Church in Blacksburg, VA and maintains a thriving piano studio and is a highly sought after teacher and collaborative artist.