Pacific Opera Victoria
Curator, Public Engagement and Host of INSIDE OPERA with Robert Holliston
A popular public speaker, Robert has given pre-performance lectures for Pacific Opera Victoria since 1993. For many years he also served as POV's répétiteur, Chorus Master, and Principal Coach. He hosts Pacific Opera's free community series INSIDE OPERA with Robert Holliston, as well as many other community engagement events.
Robert Holliston studied at the Victoria Conservatory of Music under Robin Wood and Winifred Scott Wood, and at the University of British Columbia under Robert Rogers. He has performed in collaboration with many artists in a wide variety of repertoire throughout Canada and the USA, England and New Zealand, and has been heard frequently on CBC-Radio. Robert has recorded CDs with the popular salon ensemble Viveza, trombonist Ian McDougall, clarinetist Patricia Kostek, tenor Ken Lavigne, Tom Holliston, Show Business Giants, and members of the Hornby Island Ensemble.
He has collaborated with many of Canada's leading singers, including Benjamin Butterfield, Judith Forst, Ingrid Attrot, Nancy Argenta, Nathalie Paulin, Susan Platts, Richard Margison, Barbara Livingston, and Peter Barcza; string players Eugene Fodor, Marc Destrubé, and Paul Marleyn; and (with Viveza) dancers Karen Kain and Evelyn Hart.In addition, he has participated in such festivals as Juneau Jazz and Classics, Parry Sound, Caraquette, and the Ottawa, Sitka and Orcas Island Chamber Music festivals.
Still an active performer, he is currently Head of Keyboard at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, where he also teaches piano and music history and acts as vocal coach. Robert was a founding director of the VCM Opera Studio, and a founding member of the Goolden Piano Trio. During recent seasons Robert has been guest concerto soloist with the Sidney Classical Orchestra and Victoria Symphony.