R2 Duo – October 27th, 2016

Flutist Rachel Nozny and guitarist Robert Gibson formed R2Duo in the spring of 2014. In addition to performing the standard flute and guitar repertoire, R2Duo also specializes in contemporary literature and enjoys working with living composers on the creation of new works. The mission of R2Duo is to be a versatile and creative ensemble that brings a high level of artistry and musicianship to many styles of music. Rachel Nozny and Robert Gibson are both faculty members in the John M. Long School of Music at Troy University and each enjoy active careers as educators and performers in South Alabama and its surrounding areas. This year R2Duo is was selected to perform at the National Flute Association conference in San Diego and we are thrilled to be going!

Rachel Nozny is currently piccoloist with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra and an Adjunct Instructor at Troy University in Troy, Alabama where she is also active as an educator and performer in the local area. She holds degrees in flute performance from Mercer University and the University of Kentucky. Former teachers include flutists Kathy Farmer, Kelly Via, Gordon Cole, and world-renowned soloist Carol Wincenc.
Nozny’s previous engagements include Principal Flutist of the Bismarck-Mandan Wind Ensemble and Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra from 2009-2012, with whom she was a featured soloist in 2012. She currently plays with several symphonies including the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (Niceville, FL), Albany Symphony Orchestra (Albany, GA), and Macon Symphony (Macon, GA).

Dr. Robert Gibson began studying classical guitar in high school with Jennifer Whatley, continuing on to earn a Bachelor of Music in guitar performance under the direction of Dr. Matthew Dunne at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and both Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts degrees at the University of Texas at Austin with Adam Holzman. During this time, Gibson also pursued composition and arranging, studying with notable composers such as Donald Grantham, David Heuser, and James Balentine. In the summer of 2006, Gibson completed his fourth year of studies with the legendary guitarist and teacher Oscar Ghiglia at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy.

Before teaching full time at Troy University, Dr. Gibson was on faculty at Faulkner University and also taught award winning high school and middle school programs for a combined six years. As a performer, Gibson has been a featured artist with several orchestras including the San Antonio Symphony, and toured as both a soloist and chamber musician around the United States, Mexico and Italy. As a promoter of new music, Gibson has collaborated with several composers on the creation of new works for the guitar has and performed world premieres of new works by composers Donald Grantham, James Norman, Traci Mendel and Sir Anthony Hopkins.

Gibson has won prizes in several competitions including the Appalachian Guitar Festival Competition, the U.T.S.A Concerto Competition, and the M.T.N.A. National Competition. Robert received the Alumni of the Year Award in 2014 from the University of Texas at San Antonio.