Described as a “Superb Soloist” by The Boston Globe, American cellist Robert Mayes has performed throughout the United States and abroad. His teachers have included Natasha Brofsky, David Soyer, Fred Sherry, and Michael Reynolds. His performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio’s From The Top as well as on PBS (an Emmy-winning broadcast). Actively involved in contemporary music, Robert has collaborated with composers John Williams, Mohammed Fairouz, Gunther Schuller, Robert Beaser, and Tan Dun. Robert’s trio was invited to perform in Lincoln Center’s 2009 FOCUS festival, giving the New York premiere of Olly Wilson’s Piano Trio.
Mr. Mayes is an avid chamber musician and has collaborated with renowned artists Itzhak Perlman, Bayla Keyes, Peter Zazofsky, David Requiro, and Josh Weilerstein. Recent performances have included a Leon Fleisher Young Artists Concert at Carnegie Hall; a Juilliard cello ensemble concert at Alice Tully Hall; a Mimesis ensemble performance at Merkin Hall; numerous performances at Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival, as Assistant and Principal Cellist; a Kaya trio performance at Carnegie Hall; Performances at the Royal Opera House in Oman; A Kaya trio performance for Mitt Romney and diplomats from around the world; and a performance at the Embassy of the Russian Federation. Mr. Mayes has participated in masterclasses and studied with such esteemed musicians as Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Paul Katz, Bernard Greenhouse, Donald Weilerstein, Andres Diaz, Andre Emelianoff, The Borromeo String Quartet, James Buswell, Matt Haimovitz, Timothy Eddy, Bonnie Hampton, and numerous others. Robert plays on a 19th century Barbé cello on loan to him from the Carlsen Cello Foundation.
Robert is a graduate of the Walnut Hill School for the Arts, where he was the first recipient of the Benjamin Zander Scholarship, awarded to the most improved student. Mr. Mayes holds a B.M. from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he was the recipient of the Frances O. and Elizabeth Hunnewell Scholarship. In 2010 he graduated with a Masters degree from the Juilliard School, where he was the recipient of the E. & W. Naumburg Scholarship and the Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts at Boston University.