Pianist Robert Kortgaard was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, and grew up in Calgary, Alberta. He completed his Bachelor and Master degrees at the Juiliard School in New York City. As a recipient of arts awards from the Canada Council, he furthered his musical studies in Italy and England.
Kortgaard has performed with sopranos Isabel Bayrakdarian, Sumi Jo and Measha Brueggergosman; violinist Joshua Bell; and with Peter Tiefenback and prima ballerina Veronica Tennant in a new production entitled “Invitation to the Dance.” He has recorded French and German Cabaret programs with mezzo-soprano Jean Stilwell for CBC Records. His CD with soprano Wendy Nielson was nominated for both Juno and East Coast Music Awards. Recent engagements include tours with mezzo-soprano Susan Platts, the Elmer Iseler Singers and several performances of duo piano repertoire with Peter Tiefenback. He also performs and records with cabaret artist and soprano Patricia O’Callaghan.