Robert van Sice
Percussion / Chamber Music
Robert van Sice is considered one of the world's foremost performers of contemporary music for marimba. In an effort to establish the instrument as a serious artistic vehicle, he has premiered over one hundred works throughout the world.
In 1989 Mr. van Sice gave the first solo marimba recital at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and has since appeared in many of world’s major concert halls in London, Paris, Vienna, Madrid, Milan, Stockholm, Oslo, Tokyo, Beijing, Seoul, Toronto, Mexico City, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles; many of these performances have been broadcasted by the BBC, Radio Sweden, Norwegian Radio, WDR Radio, and Radio France. He frequently appears as a soloist with Europe’s leading contemporary music ensembles, including the London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Contrechamps, and L’Itinéraire.
From 1988 to 1997, Mr. van Sice headed Europe’s first diploma program for solo marimba at the Rotterdam Conservatory, and he returned to the United States in 1997 to take up appointments at the Yale School of Music and the Peabody Institute. He has given over 400 master classes in 25 countries, and his students have won prizes internationally in both chamber music and solo competitions.
Mr. van Sice joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2008.