College of Musical Arts
Associate Professor (piano); Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies
1071 Moore Musical Arts Center
Pianist Robert Satterlee has developed a reputation as an accomplished and versatile solo recitalist and chamber musician. He plays regularly throughout the United States, delighting audiences with his incisive and imaginative performances. He has appeared on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts in Chicago, San Francisco’s Old First Concert Series, the Schubert Club in St. Paul, Minnesota, the Music Teachers National Association national conventions, the Quad Cities Mozart Festival and at many colleges and universities.
In the summer of 2011 he played concerts at the new Romanian-American festival in Romania, the World Piano Conference in Serbia and at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in the United States. He recently was a featured performer at the Piano Plus Festival and the Corfu Festival in Greece and has also played concerts in China, Thailand, Sweden, Holland and Kenya. He has been heard in radio broadcasts throughout the United States, most notably on Minnesota Public Radio and WFMT in Chicago.
Music of our time plays an important role in Satterlee’s performing activity, and he has given premieres of several works. In June of 2004 he was invited to perform at the Music04 festival in Cincinnati, where he shared a program with the composer and pianist Frederick Rzewski. In 2006 he toured the US with a program of the composer’s works, including a new piece specially written for the tour, and has recorded a CD of his works.
Satterlee’s most recent commissioning project centers around the American composer William Albright, a long time member of the faculty at the University of Michigan. Satterlee has commissioned his former students and colleagues to write solo piano works in Albright’s memory, which he pairs with Albright’s seminal work, the “Five Chromatic Dances”.
Satterlee’s avid interest in chamber music has led him to collaborate with members of the Chicago, London, Philadelphia and Detroit Symphony Orchestras in chamber music performances, and he was co-artistic director of Chamber Music Quad Cities, an organization presenting a concert series and music festival in Iowa and Illinois. He was also a member of the North Coast Chamber Players, a string/winds mixed ensemble which toured extensively on the West Coast.
Satterlee was appointed in the fall of 1998 to the piano faculty of Bowling Green State University in Ohio, having previously held teaching positions in Illinois, Missouri, California and Connecticut. He teaches at the Interlochen Arts Camp and the Saarburg International Music Festival in Germany during summers. He has been awarded prizes in many competitions, among them honors in the St. Louis Symphony Young Artists Competition. Satterlee has participated in many music festivals and summer programs, including the Aspen Festival, the Banff Centre, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and the Festival at Sandpoint. He holds degrees in piano from Yale University, Peabody Conservatory, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music.