Robert L. Cassidy
Applied Faculty, Piano; Coordinator, Chamber Music
Pianist Robert Cassidy has performed in solo and collaborative recitals, and with orchestra, throughout the United States and Canada. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Solomon Mikowsky, Constance Keene, and Marc Silverman. Subsequent studies followed with the legendary pianist Menahem Pressler at Indiana University. Dr. Cassidy holds a Doctor of Arts degree in Piano Chamber Music and Accompanying/ Piano Performance from Ball State University, where he studied with Robert Palmer.
Dr. Cassidy has appeared in such venues as New York City’s Merkin and Weill Halls, the Lyceum in Alexandria (VA), Santa Barbara City College (CA), and the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada. He has also been presented on radio stations WFMT in Chicago (Dame Myra Hess Series), WCLV and WCPN in Cleveland, and WNYC in New York (Around New York). A strong advocate of contemporary music, Dr. Cassidy has premiered works by the American composers David Noon and Keith Fitch. He is the pianist in the Cleveland-based, Almeda Trio and regularly performs chamber music with members of The Cleveland Orchestra.
An active and highly sought-after teacher, Dr. Cassidy has been on the keyboard faculty at Cleveland State University since 2008 and also teaches at The Music Settlement. He is a former faculty member of New York University, the University of Indianapolis, the 92nd Street Y School of Music (New York), Marian College (Indiana), Queens College Preparatory Division (New York), and Indiana University-Purdue University - Indianapolis (IUPUI), among others. He currently resides in Shaker Heights, Ohio with his wife and two daughters.
Photographer Roger Mastroianni
Start date 08/25/2005