pianist and teacher
As an accomplished pianist, Robbie Padilla’s work spans the Central New York region and beyond. Padilla has been involved in a wide range of musical experiences from classical recitals to musical theatre productions as both a pit musician and music director. He regularly gives solo piano recitals and has ventured into giving online recitals to reach a larger audience. He collaborates with both experienced and upcoming vocalists and instrumentalists in both recitals and competitions.
Recent performances have included serving as music director for Annie Get Your Gun, playing piano in several pit orchestras, numerous instrumental and vocal recitals, and solo piano recitals featuring music chronologically ranging from the Baroque period through the present day. In addition to these professional concerts and productions, Padilla has served as a collaborative pianist in the Civic Morning Musicals Competition for Singers, NYSSMA instrumental and vocal auditions, Syracuse Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition, and as a keyboardist for Symphoria.
Padilla is passionate and determined to both spread music to the next generation and keep classical music alive. He remains active as a board member in Syracuse-area music associations CNY Association of Music Teachers and Civic Morning Musicals, a non-profit organization that has promoted Syracuse-area classical musicians for over 130 years. Padilla believes that, to keep classical music thriving, we must promote, in our students’ and our own performances, new music and works from composers representing the broad diversity of our society.
Robbie Padilla earned his Master of Music (2016) at Syracuse University's Setnor School of Music where he studied Piano Performance with Ida Tili-Trebicka. His undergraduate studies were in Music Education (2013) at SUNY Fredonia where he studied piano with Dr. Anne Kissel. Padilla also holds a Level II certification (2018) in Orff Schulwerk pedagogy from the Eastman School of Music.
Padilla has taught band, chorus, and general music at the public elementary and secondary levels. He currently teaches independent music lessons to students of all ages via in-person and remote instruction and organizes studio recitals to highlight the accomplishments of his dedicated students.
Robbie Padilla lives just outside of Syracuse, NY, with his wife, Christine, and two cats with a combined seven legs, Max and Piper.