Robert Blocker is internationally regarded as a pianist, for his leadership as an advocate for the arts, and for his extraordinary contributions to music education. A native of Charleston, South Carolina, he made his début at historic Dock Street Theater. He studied under the tutelage of the eminent American pianist, Richard Cass and later with Jorge Bolet. His international concert career has brought collaborations with the Beijing and Shanghai Symphony Orchestras, the Korean and Daejon Symphony Orchestras, the Prague and Moscow Chamber Orchestras, the Monterrey Philharmonic and the Houston Symphony. In 1995 he was appointed the Henry and Lucy Moses Dean of Music and Professor of Piano at Yale University and in 2006, he was named honorary Professor of Piano at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. His many contributions to the music community include service on the advisory boards for the Avery Fisher Artist Program and the Stoeger Prize at Lincoln Center, the Gilmore Artist Advisory Board, and the Curatorium of the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. He is a member of the American Music Center Board of Directors. Robert Blocker appears regularly on national radio and television as an artist and commentator and is active as a consultant to major educational institutions and government agencies. In 2000, Steinway and Sons featured him in a film commemorating the tercentennial year of the piano. In 2004 Yale University Press published The Robert Shaw Reader, a collection of Shaw’s writings edited by Robert Blocker, a volume now in its third printing.