Many aspects of Robert Silverman's playing are frequently noted — a polished technique, an extraordinary range of tonal palette, an uncanny ability to sing his way into the heart of a phrase, and his probing interpretations of the most complex works in the repertoire. Robert Silverman has performed in major concert halls throughout North America, Europe, the Far East and Australia. Under the batons of such renowned conductors as Ozawa, Gardiner, Schwarz, Järvi, Comissiona, Macal, and the late Kiril Kondrashin, he has performed with orchestras on three continents, including the Chicago Symphony, the Sydney Symphony, the BBC (London) Symphony, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestras, and every major orchestra in his native Canada.
A long-time Steinway artist, Robert Silverman's two dozen-plus CDs appear on the EMI, Stereophile, OrpheumMasters, IsoMike and Marquis Classics labels. He has been the subject of a Stereophile cover story, his album of Liszt’s piano music received a Grand Prix du Disque from the Liszt Society of Budapest, and his 10-CD recording of the 32 Beethoven sonatas (jointly released by OrpheumMasters and Stereophile in 2000) was short-listed for a Canadian JUNO award.
In 2013, Silverman was appointed to the Order of Canada, an honour accorded only to 150 Canadians annually. Earlier, Silverman was named the first winner of the Paul de Hoeck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award administered by the Ontario Arts Council Foundation, in recognition of “his high level of artistry, his moving interpretations of a wide range of music...and his commitment and contribution to music in Canada." Recent projects include eight-concert series encompassing all thirty-two Beethoven sonatas, and 4-concert series devoted to the complete sonay=tas of Mozart.
A faculty member at the University of British Columbia from 1973 to 2003, where he served a term as Director of the School of Music in the 1990s, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters in 2004. Robert Silverman now devotes himself full-time to performing and recording.