An active performer of solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire in the United States and abroad, Music of the Baroque concertmaster Robert Waters is also first violinist of the Fry Street Quartet and a founding member of the Jupiter Trio and Callisto Ensemble. He has also served as associate concertmaster of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra.
Robert Waters has appeared at major festivals all over the country, including El Paso Pro-Musica and the Saratoga Chamber, Caramoor, Canadaigua Lake, and Marlboro Music Festivals. As a member of the Jupiter Trio, he was awarded First Prize in the 2002 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition. 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. In 2003, the trio was a finalist for the Naumberg Chamber Music Award. With the Callisto Ensemble, Robert Waters was a featured performer and teacher at the 40th Contemporary Music Festival at Indiana State University at Terre Haute (2006) and Outside the Box Festival of New Music at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (2008).
In demand as an educator, Robert Waters taught at DePaul University for seven years and has been on the artist/faculty roster of the Crowden Chamber Music Workshop, the Yehudi Menuhin Seminar in San Francisco, the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra Summer Music Camp, and the Stellenbosch International Music Festival in South Africa. He has coached the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and Classical Philharmonic, and served as artistic director for the DePaul Adult Chamber Music Workshop. He is currently on the faculty of Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University.
Robert Waters’ recordings include works by Beethoven and Shostakovich (Bridge Records), music by Mozart, Hummel, and Dvořák (Japan Chamber Music Foundation), music by Martin Bresnick (Canteloupe Music), and music by Kurt Westerberg (Southport Records), all with the Jupiter Trio. He is also featured on the Callisto Ensemble’s debut recording of chamber music by Augusta Read Thomas.