B i o g r a p h y

Hailing from Rochester NY, Robert always had a love for music. While learning music theory, jazz and musical theater in high school, he knew that his life would be surrounded by music.


Robert went to SUNY Purchase College in Westchester where he started training with his first teacher, Jacque Trussel. During this time he performed The title roles in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Gianni Schicchi. He also performed Ottone in Poppea, both Ferdinand and Prospero in the NY Premiere of Lee Hoiby's The Tempest, as well as the world Premiere of Raphaël Lucas' Confession. Before leaving Purchase, he recorded both The Tempest and Confession with Albany Records. The recordings can be found HERE

After Purchase, Robert moved to Manhattan where he received a professional studies diploma from Mannes School of Music under the tutelage of Bonnie Hammilton. During his two years there, Robert performed Guglielmo in Cosi Fan Tutte as well as ​Ford in Falstaff. He also performed with the Mannes Baroque Ensemble as the bass soloist for the Bach's St. Matthew Passion as well as the Fauré Requiem soloist for the Westchester Choral Society. 

After College, Robert has been in collaboration with many new composers such as Zachary Johnson (Boston Tea Party Opera) Gerald Cohen (Steal A Pencil For Me), Mohammed Fairouz (Furia), and Stefnia DeKenessey (Bonfires of the Vanity).

© 2013 by Robert Balonek.

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