Dutch guitarist Robert Bekkers musical education started with general music theory, recorder, French Horn and Trumpet, the guitar entered shortly after, with a self-constructed instrument. Soon after he discovered his love for this instrument, Robert decided to pursue a career as a guitarist and earned his performing and teaching degrees (Bachelor and Master of Music) at the Conservatory of Maastricht. During the seven years there, he won a scholarship to study contemporary music with Angelo Gilardino in Italy. He has received master classes for internationally-known guitarists such as David Russell, Alexander Frauchi, and Pepe Romero as well as many others.
After his initial education Robert developed his career as a soloist and chamber musician, playing with orchestras, choirs, and giving solo recitals. Several years later, he was given an opportunity to further his education through an invitation by visionary artist Eliot Fisk, with whom he completed his Doctor in Musical Arts (DMA) in classical guitar at the New England Conservatory.
As a teacher he is affiliated with the nationally renowned South Shore Conservatory in Hingham (MA), as guitar instructor at the faculty of Gordon College in Wenham (MA) as well as at the Middlesex Community College in Lowell (MA).
“…one of life’s great pleasure: getting up close and personal with great music, “Concierto de Aranjuez.” Bekkers gave a strong, lyrical and passionate performance. The orchestra matched it. We were moved and inspired; I think everybody was…”
-Bob Knox, Boston
“Audley Society sponsored Robert Bekkers in Houston and it was so beautiful to hear his sounds reverberate throughout the building. Our guests were so delighted, Robert sold out his CDs!”
-Linda Marroquin, Houston
“I have been putting on house concerts for over 15 years. Robert was the first classical guitarist I had hosted. He put on an excellent show. My crowd was