For over six decades, Robert Silverman has performed in concert halls throughout North America, Europe, the Far East and Australia. Under the batons of renowned conductors such as Seiji Ozawa, John Eliot Gardiner, and the late Kiril Kondrashin, he has appeared with orchestras worldwide, including the Chicago Symphony, the Sydney Symphony, the BBC (London) Symphony, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as every major orchestra in Canada.
Robert Silverman’s comprehensive discography ranks among the largest of any Canadian in history. His recent album of late Chopin works (on Isomike) was named the Best Recording of the Month by Stereophile Magazine. His recording of Liszt’s piano music received a Grand Prix du Disque from the Liszt Society of Budapest, while his widely-acclaimed 10-CD recording of the thirty-two Beethoven sonatas was short-listed for a Juno Award. Isomike has also released his integral recording of the Mozart sonatas.
During the Covid pandemic, he devoted himself almost exclusively to studying the entire first book of the Well-Tempered Clavier of Johann Sebastian Bach.
His extensive writings include program notes for many of his recordings. His first book — Bach’s Sonic Tapestry: The 1722 Well-Tempered Clavier — has been published by Friesen Press and is available worldwide from the usual online booksellers. Two separate recordings of that repertoire are due for release in 2023.
In 2013 he was appointed to the Order of Canada, a high civilian honour accorded to about 150 Canadians annually. Earlier, Robert Silverman was the first winner of the Ontario Arts Council Award for Keyboard Artistry.
Robert Silverman was a faculty member at the University of British Columbia for thirty years. Following a 5-year term as Director of the School of Music, UBC awarded him an honorary Doctor of Letters. A long-standing Steinway artist, he is frequently heard on the CBC and has recorded for EMI, Stereophile, Marquis Classics, OrpheumMasters, and Isomike.
A native of Montreal, Robert Silverman appeared in recital at the age of five. While a student of Dorothy Morton at McGill University, he debuted with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra at fourteen. Nevertheless, it was only after studying engineering for three years and ultimately earning a B.A. in the humanities that he embarked upon a career as a concert pianist. Within a few months, he won the Grand Prize in the Canadian Music Competition and was awarded a Canada Council grant for two years of study in Vienna under Richard Hauser. Upon his return from Europe, Silverman completed his studies at the Eastman School of Music, where he worked with Leonard Shure and Cecile Genhart. During this period, a string of prizes and medals in the Rio de Janeiro, Van Cliburn, Busoni, and Viana da Motta International Piano Competitions culminated in 1967 with the Grand Prize in the prestigious Concours Jeunesses Musicales. Shortly after, he made his highly acclaimed American debut in Washington, DC.
Online visitors regularly enjoy a generous selection of his recordings and live performances on YouTube. Many are available for download. Visit him at www.robert-silverman.org