Classical Guitar soloist, performer of chamber music and concerti, Robert Trent has performed on the continents of North and South America and in Europe. Dr. Trent performs on modern guitar, Renaissance lute and on an original French guitar from the early 19th c. and a reproduction of a 10-string double-necked Romantic guitar of Scherzer.


He has been a first prize winner in numerous National and International competitions including; the Webb National Guitar Competition, the Masterworks Young Artist Competition and the chamber music prize at the International Competition  “Arturo Toscanini” in Italy.


He has appeared in chamber music recitals or concerti with The Audubon Quartet, the Kandinsky Trio, Blue Mountain Ensemble and the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra among others.


He is frequently sought after in masterclasses, performances and as an adjudicator at such institutions and festivals as Johns Hopkins University (Peabody Institute), University of South Carolina, Westminster Choir College, St. Joseph Guitar Festival, Rantucci International Guitar Festival, Guitar Foundation of America Festival, Festival Chartres, (France), Festival Condrogianos (Italy), Zevener Gitarrenwöch (Germany), Concours International de Guitar –Maurice Ohana (Paris).


In addition to his in solo recitals he performs regularly with fortepianist Pamela Swenson (as Duo Firenze).   In past summers he and fortepianist Pamela Swenson Trent have been in residence as performers and teachers in period instrument performance at the “Accademia L’Ottocento” in Rome and Verbania.  Duo Firenze is the recent recipient of numerous awards including:  unprecedented two Career grants from The Johns Hopkins University - Peabody Conservatory, two Faculty Development Grant from Radford University, twice from the Virginia Commission for the Arts. 


He is a recording artist for Dorian Records© as a member of Duo Firenze. Their first Dorian CD is entitled  “Italian Nocturnes: Early Romantic Music for Guitar and Fortepiano (catalogue no: DIS 80156) .  No stranger to new music, he is featured in three works in the recording CD “Traveler’s Tales” Capstone Records (CPS-8776) works by American Composer Byron Petty entitled.


Recent tours have taken Dr. Trent to Russia, Brazil, Germany and France. Sought after as an expert in performance practice of the early nineteenth-century, he has contributed improvised cadenzas in the style of Fernando Sor to the “Complete Sonatas of Diabelli, Giuliani and Sor, Vol. 1” published by Mel Bay text (


The first recipient of the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in guitar from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Trent is Professor of Music, Director of Guitar and Renaissance Lute studies at the College of Visual and Performing Arts of Radford University.



Duo Firenze

Robert Trent—19th c. guitar and modern guitar

Pamela Swenson Trent—fortepiano and modern piano


Duo Firenze offers audiences a unique musical experience. Touring with their own period instruments (a 19th c. guitar and a replica of Mozart’s small fortepiano), Duo Firenze’s performances and workshops allows audiences an opportunity to hear music composed for these two instruments the way it was heard in the time of Thomas Jefferson, Mozart and Beethoven. Duo Firenze’s repertoire includes music as it was performed by family members in the home, as well as music for the virtuoso performers of the late 18th and early 19th-centuries.


Duo Firenze is a leading proponent of the music and performance practices and techniques of this era and will share this expertise with audiences and workshop participants. The ensemble has received numerous awards including grants from Johns Hopkins University, Peabody Conservatory and Radford University. Duo Firenze tours throughout the US and Europe and has been heard on NPR, PRI and the syndicated program “guitar Alive!” Duo Firenze’s debut CD, “Italian Nocturnes: Early Romantic music for Guitar and Fortepiano” (DIS 80156) is currently enjoying worldwide distribution on Dorian recordings ®.  ( )


Through conversation and performances, Duo Firenze offers an intimate look and listen to chamber music the way it was heard in the homes, salons and gardens of Europe and he United States. Performances, informances, masterclasses and workshops can be designed specifically to meet the needs and interests of audiences of all ages.


In addition to performances and workshops by DuoFirenze, classical guitar soloists Robert Trent is available for solo guitar performances, workshops and residencies.


Press Reviews:

“They perform together as if one and the same person. Beautiful!” (Classical Music-Taiwan, ROC)

“Both performers are virtuosos, and the playing is so ‘Vulcan-Mind-Meld’ tight, so that it is often hard to tell which instrument is which.”  (

“…interpretations are dignified, formal and carefully thought out with a sense of structural integrity that informs every passing tone.” (The New York Times)


 “[He] seemed most intent on using his sweet, crystalline sound to plumb the emotional depths of each work.” (The Philadelphia Inquirer)