Robert Trent has performed on the continents of North and South America and in Europe. Dr. Trent performs on modern guitar, Renaissance lute, an original French guitar from the early 19th c.,a reproduction of a 10-string double-necked Romantic guitar of Scherzer and terz guitar. He is a contributor to Mel Bay volume, “Complete Sonatas of Sor, Giuliani and Diabelli.” He is frequently sought after in masterclasses, performances and as an adjudicator at such institutions and festivals as the Guitar Foundation of America, Johns Hopkins University (Peabody Institute), University of South Carolina, Westminster Choir College, St. Joseph Guitar Festival, Festival Chartres, (France), Festival Condrogianos (Italy), Zevener Gitarrenwöch (Germany), Concours International de Guitar –Maurice Ohana (Paris). He is Professor of Music and Director of Guitar and Renaissance lute studies at Radford University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts and of Radford University’s International Guitar Festival, now in its 15th season.
Duo Firenze is 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. The duo was formed in 1990 after a discovery of works for the medium of guitar and fortepiano. 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.
In past summers, Duo Firenze has been in residence as performers and teachers in period instrument performance at the Accademia L’Ottocento in Rome and Verbania.
Duo Firenze is the receipient of grants from Radford University, Johns Hopkins, Peabody Conservatory and from the Virginia Commission for the Arts (VCA) having been on the VCA’s touring roster for five seasons. Their compact disc “Italian Nocturnes: Early Romantic Music for fortepiano and guitar” (DIS80156), featuring world premieres has received accolades from the US to the Far East and is available internationally on the Dorian label (Dorian 80156 www.dorian.com). Information about the duo can be found at: www.radford.edu/~rstrent and at www.duofirenze.com.