MacArthur “Genius” Award winner Reginald R. Robinson was born and raised in Chicago IL. He is a pianist/composer of Semi-Classical Music, Ragtime, Latin American and early Jazz & Blues styles. He is also an educator on ragtime music across the U.S.
He became interested in playing Ragtime in 1986 in 7th grade while attending Robert Emmett Elementary School after Urban Gateways (a city funded arts program) visited the school. The program was called “From Bach to Bebop” featuring jazz trumpeter Orbert Davis with piano accompaniment and Reginald paid close attention when the musicians talked about Ragtime and performed “The Entertainer” by Scott Joplin.
In September 2004 Reginald received the prestigious John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship Grant. In 2006 Reginald was part of a team that contributed music to the PBS documentary “Paper Trail: 100 Years of the Chicago Defender” which won a Lisagor award and three Emmy Awards.