Robert Rocheteau, Percussionist

Updated: May 6

An emerging artist in contemporary classical music, percussionist Robert Rocheteau is known for diverse and engaging performances including shows with the internationally acclaimed Sō Percussion, to live-radio broadcasts with Classical Revolution Baltimore. Robert’s repertoire ranges from the classics of the 20th century by Iannis Xenakis and Steve Reich, to new works of contemporary composers.

Passionate about promoting new music, Robert gave the New England premiere of Alejandro Viñao’s new percussion trio Relative Riffs. Robert regularly collaborates with local composers in Baltimore, MD such as Steven Crino on his new chamber piece Alchemist in the City for mixed octet, and Patrick Thompson on his new solo piece Marimba Preludes which was written for Robert and will receive its world premiere in 2021.

Robert has a deep connection with Western Massachusetts where he lived in Amherst for 5 years. During that time, he freelanced and taught music in the South Hampshire Public School District.

Robert is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Peabody Conservatory of Music studying with marimba virtuoso Robert van Sice. During his time at Peabody, Robert has been awarded the Mabel H. Thomas Prize in Performance. He completed his undergraduate studies with Ayano Kataoka and Thomas Hannum at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.