February 27, 2016
4:00 pm
WPAC Concert Hall

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9:00-11:30 am
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February 28, 2016
2:00-3:00 pm
WPAC Instrumental Hall
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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”.

International performances have included appearances at:

Caroso Festival (ITALY)
II Festival Internacional Maracay en Guitarra (VENEZUELA)
VII Festival Internacional de Guitarra Ramon Noblé (MEXICO)
BRAVIO Festival (BRASIL-Brasilia)
Seminario Vital Medeiros (BRASIL-Sao Paolo)
IV Festival de Guitarra Clasica de Los Cabos (MEXICO)
3rd Annual Classical Guitar Festival & Competition (Salisbury University, USA)
Festival Internacional de Guitarra de Angostura (VENEZUELA)
IV Festival de Guitarra Clasica de Los Cabos (MEXICO)
Primavera de la Guitarra (PARAGUAY)
St. Joseph International Guitar Festival (USA)
Festival Condrogianos – Sardinia (ITALY)
Chartres International Festival of Music – Six Strings and the Spirit (FRANCE)
Concours International de Guitare, Maurice Ohana (FRANCE)
Accademia “l’Ottocento (ITALY)
Zevener Gitarrenwoch (GERMANY)
Arte SESC – (BRAZIL) / Universidad Porto Allegre (BRAZIL)
Bethlehem Guitar Festival – Moravian College (USA)
Festival Internazionale del Coros (SARDINIA, ITALY)
Rantucci International Guitar Festival (USA)

Reviewers have said:

“His interpretations are dignified, formal, and carefully thought out, with a sense of structural integrity that informs every passing tone.” NEW YORK TIMES

“A SEASONED ARTIST STRUMS THE DEPTHS (headline) “…. he seemed most intent on using his sweet, crystalline sound to plumb the emotional depths of each work.” PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER.

In addition to his in solo recitals he performs regularly with fortepianist Pamela Swenson Trent (as Duo Firenze). In past summers they have been in residence as performers and teachers in period instrument performance at the “Accademia L’Ottocento” in Rome and Verbania in Italy. Duo Firenze is the recent recipient of numerous awards including: unprecedented two Career grants from The Johns Hopkins University – Peabody Conservatory, two Faculty Development Grant from Radford University, twice from the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

He is a recording artist for:

“Italian Nocturnes: Early Romantic Music for Guitar and Fortepiano, Duo Firenze. Dorian Records – catalogue no: DIS 80156)
“Traveler’s Tales”, Works by American Composer Byron Petty. (Capstone Records CPS-8776).
“Robert Fruehwald: Flute and Guitar Music”, with flutist Leslie Marrs (Oasis Records)

As a scholar he has contributed improvised cadenzas in the style of Fernando Sor to the “Complete Sonatas of Diabelli, Giuliani and Sor, Vol. 1” published by Mel Bay and is currently editor of the Guitar Foundation of America’s ‘Soundboard Scholar’, and blogs on music, guitar, practicing and historical performance practice at

Dr. Trent is currently chairing the national standards committee for the guitar division of the American String Teachers of America (ASTA) and served as editor of “Soundboard-Scholar,” journal of the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA).

He was the conductor for the inaugural concert of the All-Virginia Guitar Ensemble, which is composed of guitar students selected by audition from across the Commonwealth of Virginia.

He is the first recipient of the degree Doctor of Musical Arts in guitar performance from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University where he studied with Julian Gray, Manuel Barrueco and lutenist Ronn McFarlane. He also holds a Master of Arts of degree from Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey), where, as a graduate student he served as graduate assistant and later serving as adjunct instructor of guitar and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts.

Dr. Trent is in his 21st year as Full Professor of Music (Guitar and Renaissance Lute studies) at Radford University where he is in his 14th year as director of Radford University’s Annual International Guitar Festival. Many of his students are performers, educators and administrators at all levels in the U.S. and in Asia.