Robert is an award-winning pianist and singer/songwriter, as well as a Music Director, accompanist (vocal, instrumental and dance), choir director, vocal/repertoire coach, entertainer, and educator. Comfortable with opera, classical, theatre, and pop/rock/jazz repertoire, he also creates original multi- genre music. He writes and performs with his band "The Fairest and Best", and is known for his sight-reading and accompanying skills. His adjudications combine helpful analysis and humour!
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Mr.
Robert
Graham

Bachelor of Music Education (University of Western Australia)
A.Mus.A (Associate of Music in Piano Performance (Australia)

Together with his songwriting and performing, Robert maintains a career as a Music Director, Choir Director, pianist, accompanist, vocalist, vocal/repertoire coach, and audition pianist, and has worked on numerous Theatre productions across Canada and Australia. As an adjudicator, he is known for combining thoughtful and useful analysis with encouragement and humour.

Robert is well-known for his accompanying and sight-reading skills, and substitutes at several tertiary music programs, including Sheridan College and the Randolph Academy of the Performing Arts (among others) , as well as being an in-demand audition pianist. He worked for six years in the Music Theatre Performance Program at St. Lawrence College in Brockville.

His collaborations have included several multi-genre bands and ensembles - touring the UK with Canadian roots supergroup "Tanglefoot" (Winner - Best Vocal Group - 2007 Canadian Folk Music Awards) and performing with Australia's "Los Chasquis" (Perth, Australia)

His debut album, "STORM IN A TEACUP", produced by CHRIS BROWN (Bourbon Tabernacle Choir, Kate Fenner, DJ Logic) was a wickedly eclectic album of multi-genre gems, described as "ingenious, sophisticated pop music with more twists and turns then your average Agatha Christie thriller."

Follow up singles followed, and a new EP - this time with his new band The Fairest and Best - released in the fall of 2015 (www.fairestandbest.com ). The new EP has already been added to the playlist of over 100 radio stations across North America and elicited three all - network sync licensing contracts (The Discovery Channel, Fox Sports and The NASCAR Network) as well as contracts from thirteen individual shows - including I Am Cait, The Real World, Bad Girls Club, Total Divas and three Kardashian shows - none of which Robert has ever watched!

In 2018 Robert was awarded the inaugural Douglas C Cowling Bursary in Liturgical Music and in 2019 Robert was awarded a Toronto Artscape Foundation Launchpad Bursary.

Robert's original music has already garnered him award recognition from the BILLBOARD WORLD SONG CONTEST, THE DALLAS SONGWRITERS ASSOCIATION SONGWRITING CONTEST, THE "SONG OF THE YEAR' CONTEST, THE IRL MIDEM FRANCE CONTEST, THE EVENTIDE SONGWRITING CONTEST, and the SONGS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE SONG CONTEST. His songs have also elicited licensing deals in Australia and Italy, been included on several compilation CDs, and appeared in two feature films - including the Canadian film "Clean Break".

He has shared the stage with such diverse acts as the Chilina Kennedy, Ma-Anne Dionisio, David Wilcox, Natalie McMaster, KellyLee Evans, Beverley Mahood, Mark Cassius, Jay Davis, Gabi Epstein, Leahy, Et Tu Bruce, Chris Birkett, Shooglenifty, and the Cowboy Junkies.

Robert Graham has lived in British Columbia, Perth Australia and now lives in Toronto, Ontario.

English
34 Hahn Place
Toronto
M5A 4C5
416 822 2083
n/a
Ontario
Canada
416 822 2083
Piano, Choral, Composition, Musical Theatre, Other

Pickering
Pembroke, Chatham-Kent, Arcadia Academy of Music Musicfest
Toronto, Arcadia