“A sensitive, thoughtful player” remarked English guitarist Carlos Bonell of Robert Hansel, who, at the age of seven, began his musical studies receiving instruction on piano, violin, and trumpet before devoting his efforts to the guitar. He graduated with a degree in musical performance from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and went on to receive a Master of Music degree under the direction of the Cuban master, Mario Abril.
Mr. Hansel has appeared frequently as soloist in recital, concerto, and chamber music programs throughout the southeast. He was invited to participate in the 2001 Aranjuez Strings International Guitar Festival held at the University of Southern Mississippi He has been a recorded and featured performer for numerous radio broadcasts.
Mr. Hansel has won acclaim for his interpretations of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Juan Orozco, former concert series sponsor at Carnegie Hall, commented, “One of the best performances of [the A minor Fugue (BWV 1000)] that I have heard.” Mr. Hansel is also an enthusiastic supporter of new compositions. Premieres include works by J. Bruce Ashton, Jonathan Kulp, and Peter Temko’s Still Voices (1998).
Mr. Hansel joined the chancel choir of Second Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga in April of 2006 where he serves as both chorister and guitarist. He has been an active member of the Chattanooga Bach Choir and the UTC Master Chorale since 2005.
Currently, Mr. Hansel is a faculty member at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Department of Music and Cadek Conservatory. He also directs guitar studies for both Southern Adventist University and Cleveland State Community College.