A Master Class for adult pianists will be held annually. Master teachers, i.e., teachers with advanced experience and knowledge, will give an hour lesson to each participant at an intermediate or advanced level. The pianist must have one or two pieces ready for the teacher to hear and work on with him or her.
There is a fee for participating in the class. For a modest fee anyone may listen to the lesson. Classes are held at various locations.
The next Master Class with be held on February 9th & 10th, 2018 and will be held at
The Hull Music Studio in La Quinta, CA.
An application with more information can be downloaded or printed from the button below.
JOHN ROBILETTE – Master Class Teacher
Dr. John Robilette has performed throughout the world on four continents and in 25 countries to critical acclaim. At his debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in 1984, Wendell Margrave, the late critic of the Washington Post, wrote, ”This is piano playing that was commoner around 1930, when there were fewer pianists but better ones.” In Germany, the critic of the Franksiche Landeszeitung (Nuremburg/Ansbach, Germany) said: “Robilette’s playing is remarkable for its clarity and expression, as well as the depth of feeling. An exceptional pianist given to few dramatic physical gestures, he fascinates us repeatedly.”
Dr. Robilette has been honored in the White House and also gave a recital as part of the inaugural festivities for President Ronald Reagan. He has made commercial recordings (Musicians Showcase Recordings and ProArte) of both solo works and concerti with some of the leading orchestras in Europe, and was chosen from nationwide auditions as a Tanglewood Fellow of the Boston Symphony. He has given Master Classes throughout the world: in a two week residency at the University of Rio de Janeiro; at the National Conservatory in Minsk; at the Mozateum in Innsbrück, Austria, at the Youth Palace in China (telecast in September 2015); in Luxembourg, Portugal and the Caribbean; at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.; master classes for DMA piano students at Rice University in Houston and at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He also has served on the piano faculties of Westchester University outside of Philadelphia and at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Robilette also has been involved in wedding the arts and music to US public diplomacy and cultural exchange, having created and directed the Artistic Ambassador Program for the American government (the USIA), in the 1980s. This cultural exchange program, after holding live auditions in the fifty states for the first time in American history, sent on a yearly basis unrecognized American classical musicians on concert tours throughout sixty-three countries overseas (organized by our American embassies), as part of American public diplomacy. These artists garnered reviews that in many instances superseded more famous artists. They also gave instructional classes throughout the world which Dr. Robilette organized and supervised. Musical America said, “…it is doubtful if any federal program of this century has proven more cost effective.” In 2002 he was asked to design and oversee a live concert series at the Voice of America in Washington, D.C., in celebration of the VOA’s 60th anniversary of broadcasting. This series featured leading classical artists in the United States and was broadcast to thirty million people throughout the world.
In 2005, as Director of the International Music Initiative, he organized a major event at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., with many distinguished cultural icons and political leaders of the United States, all calling on the American government to do more in using music to create understanding between people.
He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Catholic University, a Master of Fine Arts in Piano Performance from UCLA, and a French License from the École Normale de Musique in Paris (Academy of Alfred Cortot). His teacher in Paris was Madame Bascourret de Guèraldi, an assistant to Alfred Cortot, and in London he studied with Louis Kentner and Peter Feuchtwanger. In the United States his teachers were Aube Tzerko, William Masselos and Raymond Lewenthal.
Dr. Robilette recently wrote, produced and directed a film entitled, “My Piano Lesson,” as a signatory of the Screen Actors Guild in Hollywood. It will be screened in Palm Springs in October.