WMF Robert Turner Piano Concerto Competition
is made possible through the generous support of the

Robert Turner
Memorial Scholarship Fund

Robert E. Turner (February 13, 1914 – November 28, 2001), at the age of 16, won a fellowship to study at the Juilliard Graduate School with Josef and Rosina Lhevinne. He later earned a master’s degree in composition from Princeton University, studying with Roger Sessions, and he studied conducting at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia with Fritz Reiner. In addition to having one of the foremost private studios in the country, coaching three generations of students to win scores of elite competitions and establish international careers of their own, Mr. Turner was on faculty at UCLA, USC, UCSD, and the University of Washington. In 1969, he founded the Repertoire Chamber Orchestra to showcase young Los Angeles-area soloists. As music director and conductor through 1981, he presented more than 50 concerts.

A few months before his death, a concert in Mr. Turner’s honor was given at the Herbert Zipper Hall of the Colburn School of Performing Arts in downtown Los Angeles, featuring 13 of his most outstanding students. At this concert, the Robert Turner Memorial Scholarship Fund (for piano concerto and chamber music performance) was established, and the MTAC-WLA Piano Concerto Competition was named in his honor starting in 2002. In 2006, the Westside Music Foundation, founded by two past presidents of MTAC-WLA, was established and took over guardianship of the Robert Turner Memorial Scholarship Fund to ensure that the fund would continue to grow through fund-raising events and investments, so that the Robert Turner legacy would continue for decades to come.


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