Robert Hjelmstad is a pianist whose musicianship has brought him around the world as a performer and teacher. A musician of many interests, he is equally adept in his various roles as solo pianist, collaborative pianist, church musician and piano teacher.
Hjelmstad received his Bachelor of Music degree from Western Michigan University in 2011, on a Presidential Medallion Scholarship, the institution’s highest academic award. He earned his Masters degree at the University of Georgia on a full graduate assistantship. While there he earned recognition both for his performance of new music and his teaching acumen, receiving both the Franz Liszt Award and the Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award, a student-nominated honor.
As a performer, Hjelmstad has performed around the United States, from his home state of Michigan, to Georgia and South Carolina, and most recently, Colorado. In 2014, he gave his international debut, performing solo and chamber music at the Federal University of Brasilia in Brazil. After his Masters graduation, Robert divided his time in Georgia between accompanying vocal and instrumental recitals and lessons at the University of Georgia, teaching a private piano studio in the Athens area, and creating worship music as the pianist at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens, a post he held for three years before relocating in 2015.
Robert Hjelmstad currently resides in the Boulder, Colorado area, where he is a doctoral student at the University of Colorado-Boulder in the studio of David Korevaar. In his capacity as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, he teaches class piano and accompanies in various instrumental and vocal studios. His non-musical interests include distance running and occasional Netflix binges.