Robert Palmer

Robert Palmer

The Ruth Weldy Mauzy and Mary Weldy Porter Distinguished Professor of Music


Room:MI 124

Pianist Robert Palmer's career spans three continents, with solo, orchestral and chamber music appearances throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Following his critically-acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut in 1979, Palmer embarked upon a performing career that brought his artistry to many of the major concert halls of this country and abroad. His performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio and public television in the United States as well as in China, Japan, Korea, Spain and Taiwan. Palmer has been presented in recital by Community Concerts, a subsidiary of Columbia Artists, and he continues to perform regularly throughout the United States, with numerous performances at Carnegie Hall and Steinway Hall in New York City as well as in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. He has made ten tours of Asia, with solo and concerto performances in the metropolitan centers of Osaka, Seoul, Shanghai, Taipei, and Tokyo. Robert Palmer is the pianist in the American Piano Trio, ensemble-in-residence at Ball State University. The Trio maintains a vigorous performing schedule both in the US and abroad. Recent performances include recitals in Indiana, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, with a Russian tour scheduled in October,2008 and a Korean tour in 2009. As a chamber musician, Robert Palmer has also been heard in recital with musicians from the Paris Conservatoire, the Metropolitan Opera Company, the New York Philharmonic, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the New York City Opera and the Montreal Symphony. His most recent recordings include a solo CD titled The Romantic Spirit and a collaborative CD with cellist Mihai Tetel. He is a regular faculty member of the ARIA international summer music festival.

Robert Palmer enjoys a highly successful teaching career and is widely sought after as an adjudicator, artist-in-residence, clinician, lecturer, and presenter of master classes. This year he is adjudicating international piano competitions in Bangkok, Thailand and Moscow, Russia. His students, prize-winners in national and international competitions, hail from throughout the United States as well as Argentina, China, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, and Thailand.

A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music (MM) and the University of Minnesota (DMA), Palmer's many awards include prizes in the Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition and the United States Information Agency National Piano Competition. He is the Mauzy-Porter Distinguished Professor of Music at Ball State University, where he has served on the artist-faculty since 1986. Robert Palmer is a Steinway Artist. 

“Poised and thoughtful – he instantly impressed as a splendid player. He cultivates a most beautiful, lucid sound.” (Carnegie Hall debut) New York Times

“Scintillating clarity of touch or electrolytic energy or expansive lyrical sensitivity is not enough to encompass the range of Palmer’s musicianship. He possesses the finest pianistic qualities in combination and balance – and in abundance.” Riverside (CA) Press

“Brilliant technical prowess combined with elegant musical sensitivity – a well-deserved standing ovation.” Winfield (KS) Courier

“Palmer deserved every bit of the enthusiastic applause for a performance of excellence that is not often reached. A flawless rendition of virtuosity.” San Bernardino Sun

“Overwhelming power, fluidity, and grace; totally inspired to greatness in his performance.” St. Joseph (MI) Herald Palladium

“He wowed all with his aggressive, but not overbearing, playing. What made Palmer remarkable was his storytelling ability, providing just the right musical stresses in the musical line – similar to how a skilled orator is careful with syllables.” Duluth News Tribune

“Very gifted, intelligent, his playing is all on a high level.” Abbey Simon, The Julliard School

“A first class musician and virtuoso pianist…his performances completely captivated the orchestra and the audience.” Joel Levine, Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra

“A splendid player…authoritative, lyrical sensitivity, and much deep feeling.” Abram Chasins, New York

“A major pianist…he performed the Rachmaninoff (2nd Piano Concerto) with an insight and flair which transcended the technical difficulties.” Lawrence Christanson, West Virginia Chamber Music Orchestra

Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Secondary Study (Pia 325 51 0000 - 0000
Small Ensemble (Pian 435 51 0000 - 0000
Small Ensemble (Pian 435 51A 0000 - 0000
Major Study 600 51 0000 - 0000
Major Study 600 51A 0000 - 0000
Primary Area Study 700 51A 0000 - 0000
Chamber Music 743 51A 0000 - 0000