Hailed as a performer with "pristine musicianship married to dazzling energy, " (San Francisco Classical Voice) and founding member of the Jupiter Trio and the Callisto Ensemble, violinist Robert Waters has concertized throughout the U.S. and abroad. In 2008, he was appointed Concertmaster of Chicago's acclaimed orchestral/choral ensemble, Music of the Baroque. Mr. Waters has also served as Associate Professor of Violin at the DePaul University School of Music in Chicago and as Associate Concertmaster of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra.
As soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Waters has appeared at festivals all over the country, including El Paso Pro-Musica, Saratoga Chamber Music Festival, Caramoor Music Festival, Canandaigua (NY) Lake Music Festival, and Marlboro Music Festival. In addition to several summers at Marlboro, Mr. Waters toured the Eastern U.S. under the Musicians from Marlboro auspices and is a featured performer on its 50th Anniversary CD. In the summers of 2007 and 2008, he was invited to serve as Artist/Faculty at the Stellenbosch International Music Festival in South Africa. He has collaborated in performance with some of the great musicians of our time, including Claude Frank, David Soyer, Midori, and Felix Galimir, and has been featured on numerous national radio broadcasts of NPR's Performance Today, as well as local radio broadcasts in New York, Boston, Seattle, Chicago, and San Francisco. A vigorous advocate of contemporary music, Waters has worked closely with such composers as Krysztof Penderecki, Gyorgy Kurtag, Luciano Berio, Leon Kirchner, Martin Bresnick, Augusta Read Thomas, Shulamit Ran, Bernard Rands, and George Perle.
As a member of the Jupiter Trio, he was awarded First Prize in the 2002 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Osaka, Japan. Chosen from 54 ensembles representing 19 countries, the Jupiter Trio was the first American ensemble in the history of the competition to win the gold medal, and was invited to return to Japan for an 11-city tour. During that tour, the Trio was the subject of a two-hour television program for Yomiuri TV, which included their final performance of the tour in Osaka's Izumi Hall. In 2003, the Jupiter Trio was a finalist for the Naumburg Chamber Music Award. Regularly performing and teaching across the country, the Jupiter Trio also released its first CD in 2004 on Bridge Records, featuring works of Beethoven and Shostakovich. The CD immediately received great critical acclaim, winning the Samuel Sanders Award for Collaborative Performance from the Classical Recording Foundation, and receiving numerous rave reviews. Additional recordings by the Jupiter Trio include a CD released by the Japan Chamber Music Foundation with music of Mozart, Hummel, and Dvorak; a trio by Martin Bresnick, recorded for Canteloupe Music; and a trio by Kurt Westerberg, recorded for Southport Records.
As a core member of the Callisto Ensemble (www.callistoensemble.com), Mr. Waters performed regularly in what John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune called 'one of the city's finest new chamber groups.' The Callisto Ensemble performs in and outside of Chicago, programming and premiering new works by the most compelling composers of our time alongside masterworks from the past. Callisto was the featured performing and teaching ensemble for the 40th Contemporary Music Festival at Indiana State University at Terre Haute, and for the Outside the Box Festival of New Music at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Mr. Waters is also a featured artist on the Ensemble's debut recording of chamber music by Augusta Read Thomas, which was released to glowing reviews in the fall of 2006.
As an educator, Mr. Waters has taught and coached students of music of all ages around the country. In addition to his seven years as Associate Professor of Violin at DePaul University in Chicago, he was invited to be on the Artist/Faculty roster of the Crowden Chamber Music Workshop, the Yehudi Menhuin Chamber Music Seminar in San Francisco for five consecutive years, as well as nine years for the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra Summer Chamber Music Camp. He has also served as the Artistic Director for the DePaul Adult Chamber Music Workshop, and has given orchestral coachings to the to the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Classical Philharmonic. He has lead masterclasses across the U.S. and abroad.