Rob Landes began studying the piano at the age of three and made his “debut” on the Art Linkletter House Party program at the age of four. This appearance was greeted with great applause and kudos from Mr. Linkletter as well as Tommy Dorsey who was on the same broadcast.
A native Houstonian, his playing has taken him from the United States and Canada, to Norway and many parts of Europe. Landes is widely known as a pianist, organist, harpist, arranger, conductor and published composer. He is associated with six national publishers, including Hinshaw Publishers, Sacred Music Press, Alliance Music and Fred Bock Music. Compositions include:
Hinshaw Music Incorporated
America the Beautiful
Sing a Christmas Song
You've Gotta Have Friends
Fred Bock Music Company
Blessed is He
Sacred Music Press
The Peace of Christ
O Worship the Lord
MorningStar Music Publishers
Lord, Thou Hast Been Our Dwelling Place
God Be in My Head
Did You Hear the Music?
Peace I Leave with You
Alliance Music Publishers Inc.
Make A Joyful Noise Unto the Lord
Not I, But Christ
O Give Thanks to the Lord
Landes has collaborated with Dr. Sidney Berger for eight years in writing musicals for the
Children's Theatre Festival at the University of Houston. They have written eight
musicals, two of which have been published.
In the late 60s Landes was the keyboardist with the nationally known rock group fever tree.
They released four national albums and their music is still heard all over the world.
In 1994 a CD was released called The Best of fever tree and is on sale internationally.
The Rob Landes Trio is well known for performances in concert at Jones Hall,
The Wortham Theatre, The Tower Theatre, The Houston Jazz Festival, The Galveston Opera House
as well as many supper clubs and hotels in Houston and around the country.
The Rob Landes Trio appeared weekly for three years on Channel 13's Good Morning Houston.
Landes has been musical director for many theatrical productions in Houston and was
involved with Stepping Out, and Forever Plaid at the Alley Theatre.
He has been a faculty member of the Theatre Under The Stars' School of Musical Theatre.
He was musical director for the Junior League Charity Ball for three years.
Landes has served on the board of the University of Houston Alumni Association
and has twice served as a panelist for the Cultural Arts Council of Houston.
Landes has done musical arrangements for Liza Minnelli and Marilyn Maye.
Landes traveled for several years with Maye as her pianist/conductor.
He conducted the Count Basie Orchestra and the Buddy Rich Band
in concert with Marilyn Maye in one of Rich's last concerts.
He is the pianist on two of Maye's albums.
Rob Landes was the organist at St. Philip Presbyterian Church for seven years
and was their organist/choir director for two. He was associated with the music program
at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Houston
as assistant organist and has accompanied them to England twice
where his choral and organ music has been performed at Westminster Abbey.
He also accompanied the Maginnisinger Choral Group on their European tour
which included a performance of Poulenc's Gloria at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
Landes has been the Organist/Artist-in-Residence at St. Luke's United Methodist Church
in Houston since 1996. In addition to his duties as organist, he writes music for the choirs
and produces musicals in the church's Rotunda Theatre.
Rob Landes has six CDs available. Three are live Rob Landes Trio performances:
The Rob Landes Trio, Live @ Ovations, Encore, and The Live Christmas Album.
His fourth CD is I Got Gershwin, Berlin, and Porter, a solo piano album.
Other solo piano CDs are Lift High the Cross and The Christmas Album.
For information on these CDs, call (713) 402-5020.
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