B.M., M.M. Conservatory of Maastricht
Born near Eindhoven (the Netherlands) Robert Bekkers received his first music lesson at the age of 6. So keen was he to play the guitar that he built his own semi-accoustic at the age of twelve. After his formal training, he went to the Conservatory of Maastricht where he obtained his teaching and master's degrees in classical guitar. During his studies there, Robert actively participated in international master classes with Costas Cotsiolis, Hubert Kappel, David Russell,Pepe Romero, Sonja Prunnbauer, Dale Kavanach, Abel Carlevaro, Alexander Frauchi, amongst others.
A scholarship from the Dutch Government enabled him to study abroad with the guitarist and composer Angelo Gilardino at the Accademia Superiore Internazionale di Musica "Lorenzo Perosi" in Biella, Italy and the Conservatory of Alessandria, where he developed his knowledge of both guitar technique as well as the contemporary guitar repertoire.
While accompanying flamenco dance classes, Robert formed the group "IMPETU" consisting of 9 musicians and dancers, mixing flamenco and classical music. He played Mexican music with the group Serenata Mexicana in the Netherlands. Between 1997 and 1999, he toured with the Amstel Guitar Quartet. Since 1996 he has been performing with the internationally known flute player Berdien Stenberg and improvisation artist Jan Vayne. As a result of this wide range of activities, Robert is versatile in classical, flamenco, and other styles, and continues to perform both solo and with other instrumentalists.
In recent years, Robert has focused on performing new compositions and arrangements in a variety of settings. One of such projects is to perform works composed for his piano and guitar duo with Anne Ku. The composers Erik Otte and Allan Segall dedicated works to them.
Presently, Robert is a doctoral candidate at the New England Conservatory in Boston where he is fortunate to have a chance to collaborate with visionary artist Eliot Fisk, he also teaches classical guitar at the South Shore Conservatory in Hingham and actively performs as a soloist as well as collaborating with other virtuosos.