Welcome to the website of Robert Scamardella: keyboardist, conductor & teacher
Robert Scamardella has earned a reputation as an outstanding pianist, organist and conductor and is renowned for his imaginative and energetic performances with musicians of all ages.
His versatility, passion and enthusiasm have extended to his work with young people both as a teacher and conductor.
As a pianist, he won scholarships to study with Lucy Parham at London’s Guildhall School and thereafter, with Joan Havill, coming to national attention on becoming a piano finalist in the 2002 BBC Young Musician of the Year. His collaborations with many singers and instrumentalists encompass opera, lieder, chamber music and duo recitals. Robert has been active in promoting new commissions by leading composers Stephanie Cant, Anthony Herschel-Hill and Huw Watkins.
As organist, he worked and studied with Robert Munns and David Goode and was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Schools of Music (FRSM) in 2014 and the Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists (FRCO) in 2017. He performs all over the United Kingdom in recitals, evensong services and choral workshops.
As an orchestral conductor, Robert worked alongside George Hurst at the Sherborne Summer School and Toby Purser at the Aberystwyth International Musicfest with London’s Orion Orchestra, winning the Orion Young Conductors’ Prize in 2012 for outstanding musicianship. His conducting skills have also included directing musicals and chamber ensembles.
As a choral conductor, Robert worked alongside Ralph Allwood in masterclasses with the Rodolfus Choir and at the annual Eton Choral Courses. Most recently, he broadcast for BBC Radio 3 as organist for the 2017 Eton Choral Course, held at Eton College.
He was the recipient of numerous prizes and awards during his studies, including the MBF Music Education and Myra Hess Trust awards. As the recipient of a major scholarship from the Countess of Munster Trust, Robert was selected for the prestigious national recital scheme – performing as soloist with orchestras, music societies and festivals throughout the UK performing a remarkable range of repertoire.
Robert is the Director of Music at Bede’s School in Sussex, the leading HMC independent school in its field. He leads all the main musical activities, directs the choirs and instrumental ensembles, and teaches Music to Cambridge Pre-U level.
He is absolutely passionate about encouraging more people to learn about and love music.