"From the very beginning, I try to foster the student's expressivity, the ability to communicate through music."
"I chose to study piano because, in my opinion, nothing matched the capabilities of the instrument. Of course that is something I recognized once I began working on the instrument. Initially the attraction was mysterious, inexplicable. As the old saying goes, you don't choose music, music chooses you, " says Roberto Hidalgo about why he began taking piano lessons.
Born and raised in Mexico City, Roberto moved to New York to attend Mannes College of Music and concluded his studies earning a doctorate degree at Manhattan School of Music. He has been a faculty member at Bloomingdale School of Music for over 15 years.
Roberto does not have a specific teaching method, believing that each student requires an individual approach. "I do, however, have certain vital principals that I believe are important for all students to learn: a strong rhythmic foundation and solid musical literacy. I also pay special attention to the development of finger strength. But above all, from the very beginning, I try to foster the student's expressivity, the ability to communicate through music." At Bloomingdale Roberto teaches students ages six and up. He also has many adult students in his studio.
A frequent performer, Roberto doesn't ascribe to one kind of music. He doesn't consider himself a specialist. Regardless of the period, but without ignoring its stylistic principles, he chooses to play music that "speaks to me, I enjoy all styles, all genres, as long as it is good music, besides, everything is a learning experience." In addition to solo performances, Roberto collaborates with fellow Bloomingdale piano faculty member Marc Peloquin as a member of the duo "Split Second."
Roberto counts many of his past teachers as important influences on him, musically and otherwise. "My major influences include Nina Svetlanova who taught me how to put two notes together at the piano. And of course, my parents." In his free time Roberto enjoys cooking elaborate meals for his wife, two daughters, and friends.