Robert Schrade has been hailed across the globe as one of the important pianists of our time. Since his Town Hall debut in 1949, he has received unequivocal praise from such critics as Paul Hume, Virgil Thomson, Harriet Johnson, and Harold Schonberg, who wrote that, "Robert Schrade is entitled to a vote of thanks for his enterprise in casting off the shackles of the conventional repertoire." Indeed, Schrade has pioneered themed programs, in New York recitals and numerous tours of Europe, Canada, and the U.S., that have brought to audiences a vast repertoire, including rarely heard masterpieces of known and lesser-known composers. Notably, Schrade's brilliant interpretations of the works of Ernest Bloch inspired the composer's request for him to play his Concerto Symphonique for piano and orchestra, a performance which took place in Carnegie Hall (1965) to ecstatic critical acclaim. Along with Schrade's performing (from which several finger surgeries necessitated an eleven-year absence), Schrade maintained a distinguished teaching career at the Manhattan School of Music (where he had been a pupil of Harold Bauer), and also at the Chapin School and privately. His dual reputation led Bill Zakariasen of New York's Daily News to write, "Great pianists seldom make great teachers, and great teachers are seldom great soloists, but once in a while we find an exception like Robert Schrade" (from a review headlined "Schrade: Back and Beautiful"). With his pianist/composer wife, Rolande Young Schrade, he is founder and director of Sevenars Music Festival (Worthington, Massachusetts), approaching it's 43rd season. Originating with concerts that included his musical family (referred to as "the Schrade dynasty" of pianists by the N.Y. Times and WOR-TV), Sevenars has grown to be nationally known, chosen "one of the six best small music festivals in the U.S.A." by Time Magazine. Robert Schrade continues to attract his devoted following there, while his family, which joined him on the Steinway global roster (the first family to be so honored) has also joined him there, as well as at Lincoln Center and other prominent venues. Impromptu Classics is honored to share the genius of Robert Schrade with a new generation of listeners.