Robert Oetomo

Indonesian-born Australian percussionist and composer Robert Oetomo (b. 1988) is currently studying his Master of Music (Künstlerische Ausbildung) degree at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Mannheim under the guidance of Professor Dennis Kuhn and Jasmin Kolberg. In 2012, he was a recipient of the Wilhelm-Müller-Stiftung Scholarship. He began his percussion studies at the age of 18 while commencing his Bachelor of Music (Composition) degree at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music. One year later, he was admitted to Australia‰Ûªs most prestigious music university, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he graduated with Bachelor of Music (Performance) Honours Class I in 2010. His past teachers include Claire Edwardes, Daryl Pratt, Richard Miller and Gary Wain.

A versatile percussionist, Robert has performed with different orchestras and ensembles including the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, the Nationaltheater Mannheim Orchester (as Bühnenmusiker), the Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, the Kurpfälzischen Kammerorchester Mannheim, the Sinfonieorchester TonArt Heidelberg, the Heidelberger Kantatenorchester, the Australian Youth Orchestra, the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute (AISOI) Orchestra, Synergy Percussion, Askill Percussion Duo and Mannheimer Schlagwerk. He has also performed in co-joint concerts with the Juilliard School of Music Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Conservatory Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Northern College of Music Symphony Orchestra. He made his debut as soloist in 2010 with the Beecroft Symphony Orchestra, and since then has performed as soloist with the Sydney Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra and Impronta – Ensemble für Neue Musik. He is co- Artistic Director of Askill Percussion Duo along with his duo partner, Anna Zeltzer.

Robert has toured extensively and performed in Europe, America, Asia and Australia with different orchestras and ensembles including the Sydney Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra, the SBS Youth Orchestra, the Australian Youth Orchestra and the Sydney Conservatorium Percussion Quartet. He was invited to perform his award-winning work, The Legend of the Golden Snail, at the Gala Concert of Australian Percussion Gathering 2010, performing alongside highly acclaimed percussionists including Steve Schick, Sylvio Gualda and Kuniko Kato. There, he also presented his own research paper on the Transcription of J. S. Bach’s Unaccompanied ‘Cello Suites for the Modern Marimba. In 2012, Robert released his debut CD (Evergreen EP) under independent record label immaculate music records. He is currently recording his next CDs, one of which is the complete recording of J. S. Bach's Unaccompanied ‘Cello Suites transcribed for the Modern Marimba, and a CD of his own compositions for percussion.

As a composer, Robert passionately advocates the development of percussion music. He has composed numerous works for percussion which have been performed all over the world. His first symphonic work, Spirit of The Dreaming with solo didgeridoo, was premiered at the ‘2008 Aurora Music Festival’ in Sydney, Australia. Later that year, it was performed again with renowned didgeridoo soloist, William Barton. Robert was selected for the 2010 Ku-Ring-Gai Philharmonic Orchestra Composers' Workshop program during which he composed his new orchestral work, Reflections on an Island’s Landscape, under the mentorship of composer Nigel Butterley and John Peterson. His works are published by Edition Svitzer, Tapspace Publications and immaculate music edition. Robert is an Encore Mallets, Inc. endorser. For more information, visit

Robert Oetomo's masterful solo marimba arrangement, now realized in a lush keyboard quartet.
Duration: 4:10 | Level: Advanced (solo); Med-Advanced (accomp)
For solo marimba, this arrangement injects jazzy flourishes and classical romantic influences to the famous song from “The Wizard of Oz.”
Duration: 4:10 | Level: Advanced