Rob Brereton is considered one of the pioneers in contemporary mountain dulcimer playing. His years of studying classical guitar have polished his playing style while his degree in music theory and composition has given him a fresh approach to arranging.
Rob was one of the first dulcimer players to arrange extensively in chromatic and other alternate tunings. Although he specializes in the standards and early jazz tunes of Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, and the like, Rob is equally adept at playing the more traditional celtic, Appalachian styles and other dulcimer repertoire.
The late dulcimer master, David Schnaufer called Rob’s playing “masterful…strong and innovative.” Rob’s music is featured on his recording, Someone to Watch Over Me.
Rob has taught all levels of dulcimer at most major music festivals and folk schools across the country and internationally. He has won several awards for his playing including a coveted Winfield National flatpicking award. He has been playing dulcimer for over 30 years and has been an internationally recognized performer and instructor since his first CD was released in 1992.
In addition, Rob teaches K-6 music in several schools and has many private students. He also composes and he directs several choirs near his home in CT.