Robert Tiso was born in London in 1968 and spent most of his life in Italy where he still lives. His musical education started at the age of 15 studying classical guitar and ever since has evolved in many directions. He studied music theory, composition and sound engineering with Paolo Marzocchi and has participated in some of his projects.
His interest for glass music began in 2000 when he was musical director of a theatre production for which he created and played his first glass harp. Since then part of his artistic motivation has been spent mastering and evolving this instrument.
He performs a wide selection of classical masterpieces, all especially arranged for the glass harp so the audience can fully appreciate the magical sounds of this intriguing instrument and its outstanding possibilities.
Robert Tiso has played for many music and art festivals, theatre shows, schools, educational programmes, cultural events, museums, private parties, TV and radio broadcasts and several events related to glass and water, the fundamental elements of his music.
-the water exibition at PHAENO science museum in Wolfsbug
-water festival VIE D'ACQUA in Vicenza
-opening of the WASSERWERK Kulturstandort in Hildesheim
-Restoration of "La fonte dei poeti" in S. Angelo in Lizzola - Urbino. (historical water spring where many artists of the past saught inspiration, including G. Rossini when writing his famous opera "La gazza ladra").
-UNICEF water conference in Switzerland
-collaboration with Helmut Eigenmann for his water and light sculptures.
For glass producers:
-SISE CAM's 75th anniversary celebration in Istanbul (worldwide glass manufacturers)
-CRISTALEX (Top Bohemian crystal manufacturer)
-ASSO VETRO (Italian glass industry association)
-Vetreria etrusca (Italian glass manufacturers)
-Museo del vetro di Empoli (glass museum, Empoli)
-SAIDA (Italian glass manufacturers)
Robert Tiso also collaborates with many artists in live concerts, studio recordings, theatre shows and multimedia productions.
live concerts with:
-Paolo Marzocchi (pianist, composer)
-Fernando Villanueva (pianist, composer)
-Fahir Atakoglu (pianist, composer)
-Sandro Paradisi (pianist, accordionist, composer)
-I POMERIGGI MUSICALI in Milano
-TFN (Theater für Niedersachsen) in Hildesheim
-IL TEATRO DEGLI ORRORI
-CLAUDIA TRIOZZI in "Ni vu ni connu"-contemporary theatre
-GIROVAGO E RONDELLA FAMILY THEATRE in "Mano viva"-puppet show, "Circo poetico"-theatre show and several other projects.
-VANNI DE LUCIA in "Babele"-comedy variety, "Chi di spada"-historical biography of "Fiore dei Liberi da Cividale".
-Mirko Revoyera in "Generoso il vin si versi"-comedy variety
-Corrado Nuzzo & Maria di Biase in "Corrado e Maria live show"-comedy variety
One of his video productions is included in "Bach and friends" by U.S. film producer Michael Lawrence. A documentary about J. S. Bach featuring world top class musicians such as Joshua Bell, Hilary Hann, Bob Macferrin, Philip Glass and many others. www.mlfilms.com
He also participated in the recording of the movie sound track "The shadow within" directed by Silvana Zancolò, the album "A sangue freddo" by "Il teatro degli orrori", the spot jingle for Sise Cam's 75th anniversary.
The sound of a wine glass may be familiar to most people, but the voice of the glass harp is always a surprise to everyone. Its tones have been described as "celestial", meaning they sound like they come from another world, and lead the listener into a mesmerizing and ethereal atmosphere.
With this enchanting musical sound Robert Tiso performs a wide repertoire, from classical masterpieces by Bach, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky... to the more modern styles of Morricone, Pink Floyd... . Each piece carefully chosen to suit the sound and arranged to express the full potential possibilities of the glass harp.
Continuously evolving his performing style, Robert Tiso has been appreciated and acclaimed worldwide as one of the few glass harp masters of the present.