Robert Dusek received his academic training at the Eastman School of Music, Southern Methodist University, and the University of Colorado – Boulder, where he received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 1990. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors in the field of composition, including Columbia University’s Bearns Prize, the ASCAP Raymond-Hubbard Award, an A.H.A.B – Neodata Fellowship for his Symphony No. 1, and several national and local awards and grants. His music has been performed worldwide and recorded by such groups as North-South Consonance and the Warsaw Philharmonic. Dusek is the Founder/Director of DaCapo LLC, an organization devoted to the pursuit and development of artistic and compositional endeavors.

As a pianist, he has performed throughout the United States and has recorded with the Eastman Philharmonia and the Musica Nova ensemble. He has been a soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic, the SMU symphony and various university and community orchestras. He has been a frequent guest artist of the Milwaukee Civic Music Association concert series, and continues to perform in solo and chamber recitals across the nation. Dusek is also a highly sought after adjudicator for state and regional piano competitions, and for several years maintained a private music studio.

Dusek’s other interests and activities include photography, poetry, hiking, and shooting (or what he calls -killing paper-). He is a frequent speaker and lecturer on the arts in both university and private settings. He currently lives in Colorado with his wife whom he loves and his dog whom he tolerates.



Release Date: October 29, 2013
Catalog Number: RR7882
21st Century
Solo Instrumental
RUNES, the new album by composer Robert Dusek and pianist Bryan Pezzone, is a compilation of specially selected solo piano works, and provides the listener with an immersive and cohesive listening experience. Often sparse, sometimes impetuous – "The music is at once very stark, and then seems to propel itself to the next scene or chapter with some unseen, and unheard, energy", says PARMA Recordings Lead Producer, Andy Happel.