Professional Practice Associate Professor
A violinist with “pristine musicianship married to dazzling energy “ (San Francisco ClassicalVoice), Robert Waters is the first violinist of the Fry Street Quartet, in residence at the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University. Hailed as "a triumph of ensemble playing" (NewYork Times), Fry Street Quartet has perfected a "blend of technical precision and scorching spontaneity" (Strad). Since securing the Millennium Grand Prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, Fry Street Quartet has reached audiences from Carnegie Hall to Sarajevo, Jerusalem and Brazil, exploring the medium of the string quartet and its life-affirming potential with "profound understanding, …depth of expression, and stunning technical astuteness" (Deseret Morning News).
Mr. Waters has performed to great acclaim in venues all over the world. As a founding member of the Jupiter Trio, he was awarded First Prize in the 2002 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Osaka, Japan. Chosen from 54 ensembles representing 19 countries, the Jupiter Trio was the first American ensemble in the history of the competition to win the gold medal, and was invited to return to Japan for an 11-city tour. He was invited twice to serve as Artist/Faculty at the Stellenbosch International Music Festival in South Africa. He has collaborated in performance with some of the great musicians of our time, including pianist Claude Frank, cellist David Soyer, and violinists Midori and Felix Galimir, and has been featured on numerous national radio broadcasts of NPR’s Performance Today, as well as local radio broadcasts in New York, Boston, Seattle, Chicago, and San Francisco.
In 2008, Mr. Waters was appointed Concertmaster of Chicago’s acclaimed orchestral/choral ensemble, Music of the Baroque, where he is a frequent soloist. He has also previously served as Associate Professor of Violin at the DePaul University School of Music in Chicago, and as Associate Concertmaster of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra.
A vigorous advocate of contemporary music, Waters has worked closely with such composers as Krysztof Penderecki, Gyorgy Kurtag, Luciano Berio, Leon Kirchner, Laura Kaminsky, Libby Larsen, Martin Bresnick, Augusta Read Thomas, Shulamit Ran, Bernard Rands, and George Perle.
A committed and enthusiastic educator, Mr. Waters has taught students of music of all ages. In addition to faculty positions at Utah State and DePaul, he has been invited over a span of fifteen years to teach privately, coach chamber music, and lead masterclasses at a wide range of music festivals, camps and workshops throughout the United States and beyond.