Passionate about new music, Robert frequently performs and premieres the work of both established and up-and-coming composers of the 20th and 21st centuries, and is a member of both of Juilliard’s contemporary music ensembles: the New Juilliard Ensemble under the direction of Joel Sachs, and AXIOM under the direction of Jeffrey Milarsky.
One of Robert’s goals as a performer is to bring both familiar and unfamiliar music to new audiences, and this goal is reflected in his colorful and eclectic programming. An avid artistic collaborator, Robert has worked with chamber ensembles, orchestras, theater companies, choreographers, circus performers, DJ’s, and indie bands on a variety of projects.
Robert was born and raised in Lakeland, Florida, where he began studying piano with his father, Patrick Fleitz, at age four. He currently studies at The Juilliard School in New York City under the tutelage of Julian Martin. Other major teachers include Ching-Wen Hsiao, Marc Durand, and Naomi Niskala, and Robert has also worked closely with Yoheved Kaplinsky, Boris Slutsky, Richard Goode, Choong-Mo Kang and Jerome Lowenthal.
One of Robert’s biggest interests is the importance of the arts in society. As such, arts education and outreach is a main focal point of Robert’s work, and recent projects have taken him to New Orleans, Louisiana, and Arusha, Tanzania. He is also an active teacher in New York City. In his spare time, Robert enjoys reading, watching movies, playing video games, and exploring New York City by foot.