Robert Mitchell

Principal Lecturer: Jazz

BA (Hons) Music (Jazz)

These days his primary focal points include his long-running ensemble Panacea, his trio Epiphany 3 (with special guest dancer Masumi Endo), the new electronic song ensemble True Think, his solo performance (including a fascination with one-handed works, which produced one solo album and festival Leftitude in 2013), and his duo with cellist Shirley Smart (Head Of Performance at City University). 

He has recently recorded on albums/EPs by Julien LourauCourtney Pine CBE, US sax firebrand James Brandon Lewis and in duo with Shirley Smart. Two new albums and a second book of poetry are on the way. 

His latest album, 'The Rainbow Mountain/Can We Care' is his first live solo album. This was recorded at the Jazz Cafe (London) in a performance sharing the bill with Vijay Iyer. A continuous improvisation - finished off with a single song. A review from UKVibe stated: "The Rainbow Mountain / Can We Care is an intimate, bold and thoroughly enjoyable listen and the perfect display of Robert Mitchell's genius." 

'A Vigil For Justice. A Vigil For Peace.' from 2017 is for piano trio and features extensive original poetry inspired by the rapid political change in atmosphere in recent times, against the backdrop of so much unrealised human potential and vast inequalities. This was released on his own label - Depth Of Field. The poetry features amongst a debut collection published in 2017. 

In 2014 his first large scale work - Invocation - was successfully performed by the grammy-winning Bournemouth Symphony ChorusGoldsmith Big String and students from Avonbourne and Harewood at St Peters Church (Bournemouth) and Queen Elizabeth Hall (London). 

Robert has two new albums in production - the debut duo album with cellist Shirley Smart, and the debut from True Think (featuring guests from the UK, US, Japan, South Africa and France).

In 2019 Robert worked as MD on a BBC4 tribute to the great 60s TV show - 'Jazz 625 Live: For One Night Only' (performing with Joshua Redman, Jacqui Dankworth and featuring Gregory Porter). It won Best Music Programme at the 2020 Broadcast Awards and has been shown every year since. He was among the group of nominees for the 2020 Hamlyn Award for Composition who all became recipients of the award due to the pandemic.

Robert has completed commissions for London Sinfonietta and Jazz South in 2020 and 2021. The Jazz South Radar Commission - 'Good Trouble, Necessary Trouble' focuses upon the life and achievements of U.S.civil rights icon, John Lewis. The Sinfonietta Commission - 'Our Hearts Dance The Infinite (While The Giant Puya Blooms)' (for left hand only) has been recorded by pianist Yuki Negishi and will be released next year (as part of an album on the Quartzmusic label). 

Robert is also a Jazz Piano Professor at Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He sits on their EDI Committee and is a Task Force Member of Black Lives In Music. Robert has recently signed with Bucks Music Group who publish worldwide.

Working with longtime US arts consulting and management organisation, Outward Visions (George Russell, Steve Reich, John Zorn, Art Ensemble of Chicago, World Saxophone Quartet). As his reputation has consistently grown as one of the UK's most serious and respected composers/pianists, Robert Mitchell is ideally suited to be a powerful force in the newest developments of both the music and its business environment.

You can find more information about Robert Mitchell, his work and his outstanding achievements on his website. 

 

Awards/Releases/Credits/Achievements 

 

Paul Hamlyn Award For Composition (2020)
Broadcast Award (2020)

Albums:

Voyager (2001)
Trust (2004)
Equinox (2005)
Bridges (2006)
The Greater Good (2008)
The Embrace (2011)
The Cusp (2010)
The Glimpse (2013)
A Vigil For Justice. A Vigil For Peace.(2017)
The Rainbow Mountain/Can We Care (2020)

Forthcoming :
Zeitgest (Duo with Shirley Smart) 2022

Endorsements:
Steinway Artist
Roland Artist

Published By:
Bucks Music Group

 

Quotes 

'The astonishing Robert Mitchell, familiar as the pianist and MD for the recent 'BBC Four celebrates Jazz 625 For One Night Only', took the keyboard apart in every sense of the word. He uses both hands and sometimes cross-hands with equal force to build solos of unbelievable depth and complexity. Urged on by his fellow players and the awe-struck audience, his playing became ever more audacious as the evening progressed.' thejazzmann.com

'I wish to encapsulate the feeling of endless upward progress - to remove the apparent divisions between inspiration, notation, deployment, and performance. And to appeal to the idea that there is no limit to the amount of beauty we can reveal in the universe. Creativity is absolutely vital to our future survival and flourishing. I look forward to helping unique personalities express their distinctiveness, and to help inspire a lifelong journey of imagination and integrity.' Robert Mitchell

 

 

 

 

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