Robert is a composer living in Boston, MA. He co-founded the Sleeping Giant composer collective and co-directs the Times Two Series. Send me emails at rhonstein@gmail.com !

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Events Calendar

  • Fr 9.8.17: Ash @ Brisbane
  • Sa 9.23.17: Patter @ NYC
  • Th 10.5.17: Olmsted @ UNC
  • Mo 10.9.17: Night Scenes @ SLC
  • Sa 11.18.17: Ash @ The Egg
  • Fr 12.8.17: Economy @ Chicago
  • Fr 1.19.18: Soul House @ Seattle
  • Sa 1.20.18: SH @ Portland
  • Su 1.21.18: SH @ Eugene
  • Tu 1.23.18: SH @ San Fran
  • Sa 1.27.18: SH @ San Diego
  • Th 2.8.18: SH @ TSU
  • Th 2.22.18: Ash @ Strathmore
  • Mo 3.26.18: SH @ Cleveland
  • We 3.28.18: SH @ Elyria
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Arctic, the video!

Hey, new video of the Mivos Quartet recording Arctic! Commissioned by Carnegie Hall and composed for Mivos in 2013, the piece is in two movements – Midnight Sun and Polar Night – and inspired by the photography of Chris McCaw. I’m so happy to finally be able to share this piece with you. Read more about it here, and enjoy the video below!

Lip Service, the video!

This one has been a long time in the making, but I’m extremely proud to finally release the video of Concert Black performing ‘Lip Service.’ One of my longest and strongest collaborations, I’ve been working on this jam with Owen, Lisa and Domenica since 2011. Perhaps more than any other piece of mine I feel like this music totally embodies the personalities of those three, and they totally embody the character of the music, so it’s particularly cool to have this amazing documentation of them rocking it. Evan Chapman once again brings his incredible eye and ear to the project, creating a beautiful and captivating video of Concert Black’s performance. Enjoy!

Talking in Circles, the video!

Very excited to share this awesome new performance video by andPlay and Evan Chapman! Click here to learn more about the piece. Tell all your friends!

Hand Eye

Trailer for Sleeping Giant’s upcoming collaboration with eighth blackbird. We wrote an evening length work inspired by art work from the Stuart and Maxine Frankel Foundation. My contribution to the project, Conduit, is a three movement piece inspired by a bit of interactive sculpture. Read more about that here. The birds are taking Hand Eye on the road next season and will be playing it around the country. Stay tuned for dates and more information!

HAND EYE from eighth blackbird on Vimeo.

An Index of Possibility, the video!

TIGUE made a video! Videography by Evan Chapman and presented by Vic Firth. I’m so lucky to have such incredible collaborators bring this work to life. Check it out. Tell all your friends! Click here to learn more about the piece and TIGUE.

Utah Arts Festival

I’m very happy to announce that I’ve been commissioned by the Utah Arts Festival to write a work for pierrot ensemble and percussion. The premiere will be June 27, 2015 in Salt Lake City. I can’t wait to visit Salt Lake for the first time! More soon about the piece as I start working on it.

Night Scenes from the Ospedale

Night Scenes from the Ospedale, album out 1.13.15


So excited to announce that my collaboration with the Sebastians is coming out as an album on 1.13.15 We recorded the tracks last November and I couldn’t be happier with how it sounds. The album features my suite Night Scenes from the Ospedale and a collection of concerti from Vivaldi’s L’Estro Armonico. Read more about the project here and check out a sample track here:

Pre-order a copy now! Click here.

Arctic in the New Yorker

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Pretty cool to see Arctic, my piece for the Mivos Quartet inspired by the photography of Chris McCaw, featured in the New Yorker’s photobooth blog. Check it out, here! Scroll through the images, we’re the last one.

NewMusicBox Profile

Robert Honstein: Oblique Strategies from NewMusicBox on Vimeo.

I am ever so grateful to Frank Oteri, Molly Sheridan, and NewMusicBox for putting together this generous and thoughtful profile of my work. I’ve been a fan of NewMusicBox since it’s early days so it’s a real honor to have been featured. Thank you!

Check out the full article here.

RE: you – Album Release!

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Super excited to announce that my album RE: you is out NOW on New Focus Recordings. The album is a set of wordless songs based on titles from a collection of found emails. Recorded and produced by Ryan Streber, the album features incredible performances by an all-star cast of characters: Concert Black (Owen Weaver, Lisa Dowling, Domenica Fossati), Karl Larson, Mariel Roberts, Tema Watstein, Derek Johnson and Alejandro Acierto.

My long time friend, writer, filmmaker and real-life recipient of these emails wrote a really beautiful liner note, and the amazing Laura Grey did the album artwork and design. I think their words and images express what this album is far more eloquently than my rambling prose, so check out the digital booklet here and see what it’s all about!

You can pick up the disc and hear all of this music Tuesday, May 6 at Roulette on the Ear Heart Music Series. Double Bill with the incredible Mivos Quartet. SOUNDS LIKE FUN!

In the mean time here’s a little preview track:

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‘I know the feeling…’

(Alejandro Acierto, Clarinet, Derek Johnson, Guitar, Mariel Roberts, Cello, Lisa Dowling, Bass, Karl Larson, Piano, Owen Weaver, percussion)

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