Robert Fertitta is a retired music educator and has performed on the piano, organ and harpsichord for over fifty years. His solo appearances with orchestra include the Westchester Philharmonic in Saint-Saëns' Organ Symphony, Poulenc’s Organ Concerto, and Copland’s Organ Symphony. Solo recitals include performances at Trinity Church, St. Paul Chapel at Columbia University, and St. Patrick Cathedral. During the inaugural season of PepsiCo’s Summerfare in the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, Mr. Fertitta performed on the 59-rank Flentrop organ, giving solo recitals, and playing with the Frankfurt Opera Company in the John Cage production, Europeras, as well as with the Philharmonia Virtuosi in the silent film presentation of Ben-Hur. He has accompanied the Canticum Novum Singers, the Dessoff Choirs and the Collegium Antiquum.
As pianist, he has given solo recitals, chamber music programs, and over 150 recitals with students at the Purchase College Conservatory of Music, where he was on the faculty for thirty years. As conductor, Mr. Fertitta has performed in the Messiah Sing-Ins at Avery Fisher Hall, in various Bach and Mozart festivals, and as director of the Purchase College Choir. He remains active as a performer, lecturer, workshop presenter, adjudicator of competitions, and music reviewer for The American Organist magazine.
Mr. Fertitta’s cadenzas for six of Mozart’s piano concertos have been performed in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America and Australia.
Mr. Fertitta can be heard in his own continuo realizations on the fortepiano in an award-winning recording of the complete music for strings of Mozart, on the Newport Classics label, and as organ continuo in sacred works of Scarlatti and Porpora. He is featured as the organ and piano accompanist for the Canticum Novum Singers in a program of music spanning seven centuries in their recording, A Canticum Novum Christmas.
Mr. Fertitta received his musical education at Hunter College, Queens College, and the Graduate School of the City University of New York. His principal teachers were Louise Talma, Donald Lybbert, Herbert Rogers, James Harrison and Carl Schachter. He also attended L’Ecoles d’Art Americaines in Fontainebleau, France, where he was a student of Nadia Boulanger.
Robert Fertitta is the founder, photographer and curator of the “Gallery of Stained Glass Art,” at www.robertfertitta.org, and the author of “A Guide to Stained Glass Photography.” Mr. Fertitta’s photographic reproductions of stained glass windows in over 600 churches, chapels and cathedrals are featured in several books and hundreds of websites and stained glass forums, and his digital restorations of stained glass window photographs have received universal acclaim.