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Bob Pinsker - San Diego, CA

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, BOB PINSKER studied the violin with several members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as a child. He taught himself to play the piano in his early teens and soon developed a lifetime interest in the popular piano styles of the first half of the 20th century. Bob has studied old sheet music and piano rolls since the early ’70s, and he conducts musicological research and appears as a solo pianist through numerous Southern California venues and ragtime organizations and at festivals throughout California. In 2005, he and Bruce Vermazen co-founded the Heliotrope Ragtime Orchestra, which debuted later that year at RagFest. This is Bob’s 16th RagFest appearance, and you can catch him today as a solo pianist and as violinist in THE RAGFEST ENSEMBLE.

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