and Edgar Roberts, duo-pianists, are enthusiastic scholars of piano literature
for four hands on one and two pianos. They have performed throughout New
York, Lincoln Center: Alice Tully Hall and Paul Hall, and along the Eastern
Seaboard, as well as in California, Italy, England, Denmark, Mexico, Hawaii
Edgar Roberts was born in Oklahoma. He had his own solo piano program on the Texas State Network and on radio station WFAA-WBAP in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas where he was awarded First Prize of the Mickwitz Award and the Dealey Award, which entailed three performances with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. His appearances have included over three hundred piano concerts in the Southwest, along the Eastern Seaboard and in Hawaii as well as in New York, where he appeared in a performance to benefit the New York Shakespeare Festival, played a debut recital at the venerable Carnegie Hall, and was engaged by Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt to play three recitals, the last in 1961. Mr. Roberts holds BS and MS degrees from The Juilliard School, where he has been on the piano faculty of the Pre-College Division since 1946. He is also a piano faculty member and Adjunct Professor of the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions of New York University since 1969. From 1970 to 1978, he was appointed Coordinator and Conductor of the Soloists Collegium of the International Bach Society, founded and directed by world renowned artist, Rosalyn Tureck. Monthly master classes were given by Mr . Roberts, in this capacity, at the Bruno Walter Auditorium of the Library of the Performing Arts in Lincoln Center.
Adelaide Roberts was born and raised in New York. She attended the Pre-College Division of The Juilliard School and received her AB degree from Georgian Court College in Lakewood, New Jersey. Her Master's degree in Music was awarded by Syracuse University. Further graduate studies were pursued in Italy at the University of Florence and the University of Siena, as well as at New York University. Mrs. Roberts is also a faculty member of the Pre-College Division of The Juilliard School.
For the past forty years, Mrs. Roberts has been performing with her husband and teaching privately. She has performed on a number of occasions on "Young American Artists" on radio station WNYC in New York, and has given numerous solo recitals in New York and New Jersey. The Roberts have performed frequently on Public Radio Stations WAMC in Albany, N.Y., WMHT in Schenectady, N.Y. and WNYC in New York City. They have also performed on television in New York, Hawaii and Mexico. They have produced four CD's entitled "What's Sarong with Piano Duets", Volumes I and II, manufactured by SONY and released in February, 1995, and two more CD's, Volumes III and IV in December, 1996. Heritage Research Productions, Inc. in Honolulu, Hawaii, has produced two video cassettes of Adelaide and Edgar Roberts, "Four Hands on One and Two Pianos". Robert Starer's "Night Thoughts" for vocal quartet and piano four hands was recorded on CD by Adelaide and Edgar Roberts and a vocal quartet from The Juilliard School, and released by Albany Records.
Mr. and Mrs. Roberts attended master classes conducted by Maestro Guido Agosti at Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy from 1982 through 1986, at which time they also studied privately with Maestro Agosti in Siena and Rome.