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 Robert Drew was born in 1971 in Bridgewater Nova Scotia and raised on the South Shore. After graduating from Dalhousie University’s Music program, Robert relocated to Charlottetown Prince Edward Island with his wife, fellow classical guitarist Jennifer Barrett-Drew.

Currently he is the co-owner of Fretworks Guitar Studio in Charlottetown and along with his wife they have celebrated its 15th successful year as an instructional studio for guitar and piano and have taught many of this islands fine musicians in many styles.

While Robert is the principal guitar instructor at Fretworks Guitar Studio, he has also been involved with the Dept. of Psychology at the University of Prince Edward Island. As the Research and Multi-media Technician with the Auditory Perception and Music Cognition Laboratory, Robert aided in the design, development and implementation of Music related Psychology experiments and related research and is currently the technician for the Dept. of Psychology overall.

In addition to Robert’s roles at the university and at Fretworks, he has released a full length CD of his wife’s compositions for solo guitar and acts as sole editor of all of her works for classical guitar. Currently CD #2 is nearing completion and will be mostly Spanish and Latin music.

Robert has had an active role in performing throughout Prince Edward Island both as a soloist and with various ensembles. These ensembles have ranged from Duos and Trios to his position in the Strathgartney Chamber Orchestra. As a result of his ongoing performance engagements he was honored with nominations for Classical Musician of the Year at the 2002, 2003 and 2004 Prince Edward Island Music Awards.

Robert has been a featured performer at the East Coast Music Awards, Contact East, The PEI Guitar Festival(s) and a soloist at countless festivals and events throughout the Maritimes.

Robert has attended and performed in masterclasses and workshops with Alvaro Pierri, Pavel Steidl, Scott Tennant and Bill Kannengeiser (of the LA Guitar Quartet) and Paul O’Dette.