Paul Roberts in Portland

Paul Roberts’ master classes and public lectures immerse the listeners in a magical world of images and ideas .  . .  His communicative abilities, whether as performer, writer or teacher, are without equal.

Harold Gray, founder Portland Piano International

Paul Roberts’ association with Portland, Oregon, goes back to 1991 when he was first invited to perform in the recital series of Portland Piano International. From 1999 to 2012 he presented annually at the Portland Piano International Summer Festival, giving lectures, recitals and masterclasses. Since 2012 he has presented his own mini Festival of master classes, private teaching and recitals, Paul Roberts in Portland, sponsored by Portland Piano Company.

Articulate lecturing, wonderful critiques in master classes; fabulous pianism … His ability to express musical ideas in words is astounding, a unique gift … Incredible musician, amazing ability to articulate agenda at hand … Everything he said was valuable and his playing divine, very inspiring.  Portland Piano International audience reviews

PHOTO: Peter Schüte

Space, concentration and fire take their turns in this fine start to a Debussy cycle. Roberts doesn’t play like an Englishman. He characterises directly and, at speed, fiercely. In slower music there is unhurried poise and fluidity
– BBC Music Magazine
His sensitive approach to the sublime music of Debussy and Ravel, and his illuminating explanations of the relationship between the two composers and their music, were utterly fascinating. Roberts seems to give each piece precisely the perspective it wants, with particular emphasis on expressivity and clarity.. . . It was easily one of the best recitals I’ve been to this year, and I could have listened for another hour.
– Brett Campbell, Oregon Arts Watch