Robert York, B.M., M.M. began his career at the age of 14 as a church organist and concert artist in Portland, Oregon. He received a Baccalaureate of Music in Piano Performance at Marylhurst University, Portland, relocated to Los Angeles in 1986, and Long Beach in 2000. In 2011 he was granted a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from California State University Long Beach, which included his published research, “A Re-contextualization of the Organ Works of Maurice Duruflé: A Case for the Prélude from Suite op.5 and Méditation.”
In 2005 Robert began organ and improvisation study in Paris, France with Sophie-Veronique Cauchefer-Choplin, Organist co-titular of St.Sulpice Church, Paris until the completion of his Masters degree, and since has studied briefly with Vincent Warnier, Titular of St. Etienne du Mont, Paris and successor to Maurice Duruflé, and more recently with Daniel Roth, titular of St. Sulpice and successor to organists from the 1600s through Widor and Marcel Dupré.
Mr. York is Accompanist/Vocal Coach at Los Angeles Harbor College. For many years he was Organist for the historic Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles as one of few versed in the art of theater organ performance and in improvising silent films, something he does periodically at various venues. He continues to perform jazz, frequently with the quintet Swingset.
Robert made his European concert debut in 2009, in Szamatuły, Poland, and his Paris debut in 2010, continuing to perform more frequently in 2011 at St. Jean-Baptiste de la Salle, St. Sulpice and St. Germain-des-Prés, Paris, and churches in Nogent-le-Roi and Saint-Valery-Sur-Somme, France. For the past several years in July and August he has performed at St. Martin des Champs, Paris and continues his annual summer piano concert known locally as “Piano sur la dune” in Noirmoutier en L’isle, France. July 2016 brought about his debut in Belgium on an historic instrument in Landen, with an invitation for a concert tour throughout the Brussels region, and Leuven.