345 Ryder Hall
Robert J. Ward, MA
Lecturer, Music Theory, Music History; Instructor, Guitar
Robert Ward holds degrees in guitar performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, BM, and the University of California San Diego, MA. He has studied guitar with Angel, Pepe and Celin Romero, Michael Lorimer, Lee Ryan, and George Sakellariou, and early music with Laurette Goldberg. He has also participated in master classes with Pepe Romero, Abel Carlevaro, Jose Tomas, Jordi Savall, and Jurgen Huebscher. Mr. Ward has performed extensively throughout the New England area, Texas, California and Hawaii. In Paris, he premiered three works written for him at the famed Theatre de Renalgh. At the 4th & 5th International Guitar Congresses in Corfu, Greece he was a featured performer and teacher. In San Diego, Mr. Ward was active with both the La Jolla Playhouse and the San Diego Public Theater, as well as participating in rare performances of El Cimmaron by Hans Werner Henze. In Boston, he produced and was one of seven performers in a concert event memoriam tribute to Andres Segovia shortly after the Maestro’s passing in 1988. He served for two years as the Artistic Director of the Boston Classical Guitar Society and remains active with the society as both a performer and an honorary board member. Recent performances include a series of concerts with Music at Eden’s Edge, Guitar Foundation of America International Festival, Primavera en la Habana, Havana, Cuba, GFA in Montreal, the EOS ensemble, the Enchanted Circle; National Association of Composers at Jordan Hall and the premieres of Underwater (dedicated to Mr. Ward) by Andy Vores and The Jaguar and the Moon for soprano and guitar by Peter Child. Other recent premieres include works by Anthony Paul De Ritis (7 Up, Transparencies, and Gazing upon and Unquiet Sky) Francine Trester (Sonatina for Violin and Guitar and Concerto for Guitar and Chamber Orchestra), Frank Wallace (Sonata for 2 guitars), Jeremy van Buskirk (It Might All Slip Away) all of which are works which were written for him. Mr. Ward has been a soloist with the New England Philharmonic, the Belmont Symphony Orchestra, Art of Music Chamber Players, the Northeastern Symphony, Harvard Group for New Music, the Bridgewater Sinfonia, the Mozart Society Orchestra at Harvard, Composers in Red Sneekers and the Newton Symphony Orchestra.. He has been a featured artist on radio shows “ Morning Pro Musica, Classics in the Morning, Off the Record, Chamberworks and A Note To You”. He has recorded for Centaur Records.. Robert Ward is a faculty member at Northeastern University and The Brookline Music School.