Robert Norton

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Robert began playing piano at the age of 8 while at boarding school, where he developed his unique style of improvisation. Influenced and inspired by a combination of classical, rock and soul music he immersed himself in musical creativity.

Robert won a music scholarship to Wellington in 1974 and studied under Hilary MacNamara at the Purcell School of Music from 1978 to 1979. In 1984 he completed his education at Trent Park with a degree in Performing Arts.

In 1997 Robert released his 1st solo album, “Painting the Ocean”. Track 2 from this album, ‘By the Seashore’ had over 3.5 million views on YouTube before the channel hosting it was taken down a couple of years ago. In November 2019 Robert released his 23rd solo album, “Vibrational Healing”.  Robert has improvised healing music at personal development seminars since 1997 run by Dr Robert Holden, leading psychologist and author and has played at the Interfaith Seminary ordination ceremony every year since 1997.

Robert was active in the British soul scene from 1991 to 2004, playing keyboards with Noel McKoy, leading UK soul singer. He appeared at the Royal Albert Hall, Ronnie Scotts, the Purcell Room and the Jazz Café. Robert also worked with a variety of artists such as Mica Paris, Omar and Carleen Anderson and appeared on French TV with China Black, supporting Barry White. In 1992 Robert joined Sonja Kristina’s band “Cloud 10” and toured the UK extensively over a 5 year period.Between 2003 & 2005 Robert performed many solo concerts in Russia, including the Roerich and Pushkin Museums in Moscow and the House of Composers in St Petersburg. In 2005 he was invited by a member of the State Duma for Udmurtia, to perform at the main theatre in Izhevsk and facilitate voice and percussion workshops in the local area. 5 of the 23 albums mentioned above were recorded in Russia and others will be released in the future from an extensive archive of recordings.

Robert was invited by Sonja Kristina to join Curved Air in 2009. The band has toured extensively in the UK and have performed in Germany, Holland, Belgium, Portugal, Italy and on a prog cruise between Tampa, Florida and Cozumel, Mexico. In 2011 they released a live album called ‘Live Atmosphere’ and in 2014 ‘North Star’, the first new studio album since 1976. Robert played a major part in writing and producing ‘North Star’. In 2016 the new Curved Air Rarity Series was launched with the release of ‘Tapestry of Propositions’ in August and ‘Curved Space and Infinity’ in November. Robert produced the ‘Tapestry of Propositions’ album and ‘Infinity’, a trio featuring Florian Pilkington-Miksa (Curved Air's original drummer), Kirby Gregory (Curved Air's guitarist from the 1972 line up) and Robert on keyboards. In 2019 ‘Live At Under The Bridge ~ The 45th Anniversary Concert’, recorded in 2015, was released. This was also produced by Robert. He’s currently working on producing a live album recorded in Japan in February 2020.

Sonja Kristina described Robert's contribution to Curved Air in the following way. "Through deeply emotive playing and his mastery of sonic atmospheres, together with years of classical/jazz-funk-soul collaborations and improvisation, he brings expanded dimensions and possibilities to the band."