Local cellist, Robert P. Burkhart came into the UCSC KZSC Radio show, Artist on Art, to talk about his musical art and upcoming tour with the North Sky Cello Ensemble. They are playing in the Bay Area:

  • November 6th, Aubergine w/ Foxtails Brigade at 755 Petaluma Avenue Sebastopol, CA.
  • November 7th, 2011 Revolution Cafe 3248 22nd Street, San Francisco CA.
  • November 8th, 2011 at the Brick and Mortar 1710 Mission Street San Francisco, CA. This concert features drummer Brian Chase (YEAH YEAH YEAHS)
  • November 9th,  Subterranean Art House w/ Squid Ink, 2179 Bancroft Way, Berkley, CA


We talked about Robert growing up in Minnesota and starting to play the piano at the tender age of 4 years. When he was 10 and at the urging of his father, who wasn’t seeing any talent coming up for the cello, Robert began playing the cello and slowly realized its expressive qualities. He studied both instruments at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He went to graduate school at The Mannes College of Music in Manhattan.

We talked about what brought Robert to call Santa Cruz home.

Robert is involved with several other ensembles back in New York City, Manhatten. We talked about the inception and collaborators in each ensemble.The Hudson Trio and the American Modern Ensemble.

Robert has taught at Syracuse University, Music Conservatory of Westchester, and been artist-in-residence at Yale University and the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada. His new CD “20/21: Music for Cello and Piano from the 20th and 21st Centuries,” features pianist Blair McMillen and the premiere of a work for cello and piano by composer Andrew Waggoner. Robert’s recording of solo Bach on the American Express commercial “Don’t Take Chances. Take Charge.” has garnered national attention.

Here’s a little video we took after our interview at KZSC on the UCSC campus.

To hear our broadcast in its entirety, please click the gray ‘play’ button below: [haiku url=”http://miljkovic.org/old_public_html/nada/aoaRBurkhart.mp3″ title=”Robert P. Burkhart” graphical=”true”]


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