|Robert Froehner is a Dallas-Fort
Worth musician specializing in two very unusual musical instruments--the
musical saw and the theremin. A native Texan raised in the Texas Panhandle,
he was instructed in piano, organ, clarinet, and bassoon as a youth.
He was self-taught on the musical saw, which he began playing seriously in
1987. Although his saws range in length from his 16-inch "piccolo saw" to
his 36-inch "bass saw," his two main instruments are ordinary Craftsman®
Robert's sawplaying has received First Place
awards at the Disneyland International Saw Festival in Anaheim, CA, as well
as the International Musical Saw Competition at Santa Cruz on two occasions.
In addition, Robert has appeared as a saw soloist with the Dallas Symphony
Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, the Nashville Symphony, the Oklahoma City
Philharmonic, the United States Coast Guard Band, the Texas Wind Symphony,
the East Texas Symphony Orchestra (Tyler), the New Haven (CT) Civic Orchestra,
and other ensembles. Robert's music has been heard on National Public Radio's
All Things Considered, and his performance with the Nashville
Symphony and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet has been featured on NPR's
Performance Today . Robert has also been a featured performer
at the Texas Folklife Festival in San Antonio, Main Street Arts Festival
in Fort Worth, Taste of Dallas, Six Flags Over Texas, and Silver Dollar City
in Branson, Missouri. He has recorded for television and film for such clients
as Disney, the Texas Department of Commerce Tourism Division's national TV/radio
campaign, Molson Golden (Miller Brewing Co.), and the independent films
Bingo City and Flightless Birds.
Robert is also a classical
thereminist. The theremin has historically been a rare and very difficult
instrument to master. It was in fact the world's first electronic musical
instrument when invented in 1919 by Lev Termen, a Russian physicist and spy.
It is the only musical instrument that is played without being touched--using
aerial fingering through two electromagnetic fields--one for volume, one
for pitch. Robert has been a featured thereminist with the Dallas Symphony
Orchestra on multiple occasions, the Houston Symphony, the Pacific Symphony,
the United States Coast Guard Band, the Texas Wind Symphony, the Metropolitan
Winds of Dallas, the New Haven Civic Orchestra, and other ensembles. A graduate
of the University of Texas at Austin and UT Southwestern Medical School at
Dallas, he resides in Grand Prairie, Texas.