Robert Conquer, from Toronto, entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2018 and studies trombone with Nitzan Haroz and Matthew Vaughn. Like all students at Curtis, Mr. Conquer is the recipient of a merit-based, full-tuition scholarship.
Mr. Conquer has performed as a soloist with the Hannaford Street Silver Band and the Agincourt Collegiate Institute Wind Symphony, premiering Donald Coakley’s Sound Bites for trombone and wind ensemble, written specifically for him. He won first place in the Hannaford Youth Solo Competition (Youth Program), Ontario Music Festivals Association’s Provincials (Open Brass), the North American Brass Band Association Championships (Youth Solo), and, in summer 2019, the FCMF’s National Music Festival (Brass). He was also awarded the Sid Oue Memorial Scholarship at the Toronto Kiwanis Festival.
Mr. Conquer has performed as a member of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, Hannaford Youth Brass Band Program, Weston Silver Band, Kingston Brass Choir, and Ontario Provincial Honour Band. In the summers, he has attended the Interprovincial Music Camp. Mr. Conquer began playing the piano at age four and trombone at age 11. His past teachers have included David Archer, Joseph Alessi, Norman Bolter, and Gordon Wolfe. In his spare time, he enjoys rooting for the Toronto Blue Jays.