Robert Blocker

PIANIST

Robert Blocker has been described by the Los Angeles Times as an artist of “great skill and accomplishment” who performs with “a measurable virtuoso bent and considerable musical sensitivity.”

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Recordings include performances of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 (2002, Credia Classics) and Mozart’s Piano Concertos Nos. 12, 13, and 14 (scored for quartet and piano by the composer; 2009, Naxos), with the Biava Quartet.

ADMINISTRATOR

Widely acknowledged as being one of the nation’s most respected arts administrators, one whom Yale University President Peter Salovey has described as “a transformative leader.” 

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Robert Blocker is now in his fifth, five-year term as the Henry and Lucy Moses Dean of Music at Yale University, a position to which he was first appointed in 1995. He is widely acknowledged as being one of the nation’s most respected arts administrators, one whom Yale University President Peter Salovey has described as “a transformative leader.” After completing his second term as the Dean of Music at Yale, Blocker served in 2005-2006 as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He returned to Yale in 2006 to continue positioning the School of Music for success in the 21st century. Former Yale University President Richard Levin said Blocker “is praised as a superb and visionary leader with a tremendous commitment to students, faculty, and staff at the School.” Blocker holds a tenured appointment as Professor of Piano at the School of Music and is also an affiliate Professor of Leadership Strategies at Yale University’s School of Management.