Robert Sacks, accompanist


Accompanying Services for Soloists and Ensembles


Pianist Robert Sacks is recognized as one of Naperville’s finest accompanists, having worked closely with instrumentalists and singers for more than 30 years.  Mr. Sacks is a fixture at the annual Solo and Ensemble Festivals held in Districts 203 and 204, where his accompanying skills have gained the praises of contest participants, organizers and judges alike.  He is the former regular accompanist of the Sapphyre Strings in Naperville, and appeared with the ensemble in numerous public performances.  He accompanies students and professionals for rehearsals, contests, recitals, auditions and studio recording sessions.  Mr. Sacks’ accompanying repertoire is broad, with specializations in string repertoire and the piano concerto literature.


Representative List of Contests:




Granquist Contest


ACT-SO National Competition, 2014

Midwest Young Artists - Walgreens National Concerto Competition


Chicago Flute Club Competition


Music Festival in Honor of Confucius


DePaul University Concerto Festival


Musichorale Scholarship Contest


District 203 and 204 Solo and Ensemble Contests (Jr. and Sr. High)


Neuqua Valley High School Concerto Competition


Downers Grove North High School Concerto Competition


West Suburban Symphony Contest


DuPage Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition


West Suburban Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition


Elmhurst Symphony – Robert Stanger Young Artists Auditions


Wheaton Warrenville South High School Concerto Competition


Emilio del Rosario Piano Competition


Youth Symphony of DuPage Concerto Competition



Sample praise for accompanist Robert Sacks:


Sapphyre Strings is honored to have Robert Sacks as its regular accompanist.  He is not only a highly accomplished pianist who can play ANYTHING – and well -  but he is also an excellent accompanist who works well with our young musicians at all levels of playing.  Our children feel very comfortable with him, whether in the group or individually as soloists.  We are very grateful to have him as a member of our Sapphyre Strings family.  Sue Jacula, Musical Director and President, Sapphyre Strings


In all my years in music, I would say that Mr. Sacks is the finest accompanist I have had the pleasure of working with.  His preparation is always complete, his involvement in rehearsals always lends insight, his presentation at performances is impeccable, and, above all, he plays with a great sense of evoking just what is needed to bring the performance to the highest level of the performer's capabilities.  Steve Jacula, Instructor, Violin School of South Naperville; Board of Directors - Sapphyre Strings; Owner - Old Plank Sonic Laboratories


I am writing to let you know how much I appreciate you and your services.  I know when I send a student to you to be accompanied, it will be done with the highest quality of musicianship and professionalism.  You are far more than an accompanist; you also act as coach and encourager to students who haven't worked with an accompanist before, or are just having nerves.  I have had the pleasure of hearing you accompany several times, and appreciate how you are able to follow a young performer effortlessly.  The adjudicators at both the DuPage Youth Symphony Concerto Competition and at the Naperville Central Extravaganza have also sung your praises for accompanying.  Kimberlie Richter, Applied Faculty Coordinator, North Central College; President, DuPage Youth Symphony; Naperville Central Extravaganza Coordinator


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or e-mail him at piano@spectrumduo.com


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