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Obituary for ROBERT


Published in the Albuquerque Journal on Sunday February 12, 2006

George Robert, 86, Professor Emeritus of Piano at the University of New Mexico, passed away in Albuquerque on February 7, 2006. He was born in Vienna, Austria, where he studied and performed with eminent music luminaries of the early twentieth century. After emigrating to the United States in 1938, he became a member of the distinguished First Piano Quartet, which performed throughout the United States. He also collaborated in concerts with many of the world's finest musicians in his capacity as soloist and chamber musician. Numerous students of his have gone on to successful musical careers. For over thirty years, as a member of the Seraphin Trio, George Robert enchanted audiences with his supreme artistry. His colleagues appreciated his musicianship, modesty, kindness and generosity of spirit. George is survived by his wife of 61 years, Elaine Robert; their daughter, Peggy (Carl) Widhalm; and grandsons, Jason, Brandon, and Ryan Clark of Denver, CO; brother-in-law, Fred (Lane) Todrys of New York; and countless friends and admirers who will miss him immensely. Cremation has taken place; there will be no service. Memorial donations may be made to a charitable organization of choice.