His inclination away from traditional "correctness" led him always to play beyond the written notes of classical music into uncharted territory. Through his hands familiar themes take on new color and vitality longed for by audiences who, while they love classical music, want more than simply repetition of the exact same music they've been hearing for years.
With one foot in the classical world and one in the jazz world, Robert spent years accompanying ballet and modern dance companies, choirs, vocal teachers, playing clubs and concerts, writing songs, ensemble pieces and six symphonies. For the last five years he has been performing, as a trio leader, solo pianist, pianist/vocalist entertainer on cruise ships. He feels this a somewhat limited venue for sharing the breadth and height of his musical gifts, and so has embarked on a series of improvisational concerts and producing his music for CDs.
Highlights of his career include appearances on the tv shows "Boston Today" and the Seattle Morning Show."
Mr. Ellis completed this CD in a one-hour session one beautiful Sunday morning on the peaceful countryside just east of Occidental,California. After 44 years of practicing at the piano, he decided it was time to display for the modern ear one version of his hearing of the classics.
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1. Claire De Lune - Debussy
2. Labedz - Saint'Â“Saens
3. Moonlight Sonata - Beethoven
4. Minute Waltz - Chopin
5. Fur Elise - Beethoven
6. Minuet - Beethoven
7. Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring - Bach
8. Theme from Concerto No. 21 - Mozart
9. Nocturne - Chopin
10. Aria from Messiah - Handel
11. Theme from Pathetique Symphony #6 - Tschaikovsky
12. Liebestraum - Liszt
13. Excerpts from 5th Symphony - Beethoven