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Charles Roberts

Born into a family of prominent musicians, nineteen-year-old American pianist Charles Roberts is currently a second year student on full scholarship at The Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, studying with John O’Conor. Originally from Winchester, Virginia, Roberts started piano at the late age of eleven, and was accepted into Shenandoah Conservatory at age fourteen, where he studied with Ieva Jokubaviciute and Professor O’Conor. Before graduating high school, Roberts had completed over thirty credits of music courses while collaborating with dozens of juries and recitals with university faculty and student instrumentalists.

Roberts was also the pianist with Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra from 2017 to 2021 and was soloist at age fourteen with the ensemble at the Middleburg Film Festival in Virginia. He is also currently the pianist with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra in Toronto.

Roberts was invited to perform with the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra on their Chile tour in May 2020. He has also performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Shenandoah Conservatory Saxophone Ensemble on multiple occasions, including a May 2023 performance at the Conservatorio Superior de Música Manuel Castillo in Seville, Spain.

Roberts is a member of the R2DUO, an internationally recognized father-son, saxophone-piano duo with Timothy Roberts, performing concerts and recitals across the United States and Europe, including Paris, Strasbourg, Amsterdam and Dallas, Texas. His European premiere was at age fourteen in Paris as part of the R2DUO.

Last summer, Roberts helped organize a virtual COVID-19 benefit recital by performing for the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C., to encourage diplomacy between China and the United States. He also performed in a service project for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra last November called One-to-One, which provided music to COVID hospital patients in Dallas, Texas.