The Northern Caribbean University family mourns the recent passing of Professor Kaestner Robertson, Chair of the Department of Music and Fine Arts. He passed on Thursday, October 18, 2018 after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife Josephine and son Martin.
Professor Robertson gained international reputation as a pianist, organist, and collaborative pianist. He appeared as soloist with several orchestras including the premiere performance of Margarita Merriman’s Concerto for piano (1995) with the Thayer Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Toshimasa Wada.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, he began formal piano studies at age four with Carmen Falconer. Later, his studies with Rita Coore led to the LRSM, LTCL and FTCL diplomas. He was subsequently awarded a Jamaican Government Scholarship to study at Boston University, in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. While at BU, he studied piano with the Hungarian pianist, Dr. Bela Nagy, organ with Dr. Max Miller, and choral conducting with James Cunningham and Allen Lannom. He was the recipient of many awards, including prizes for piano performance, theory of music, and summer study at the Tanglewood Summer Institute. He holds the B.Mus., M. Mus., and the Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Boston University.
Dr. Robertson gave solo recitals and collaborative recitals in the U.S.A, Canada, France, England, Puerto Rico, Barbados, Trinidad, Bermuda, the Bahamas and Jamaica. He has taught at The Jamaica School of Music where he was Chair of the Piano Department, and, Chair of the Division of Western Music. He subsequently taught at Atlantic Union College in South Lancaster, Massachusetts where he was Professor of Music and served three times as Chair of the Music Department. On retirement from Atlantic Union College, he was awarded the rank of Professor Emeritus.
Dr. Robertson returned to Jamaica in June 2012 to serve as the Chair for the department of Music and Fine Arts at Northern Caribbean University. His tenure at NCU gave greater recognition to the annual Feast of Lights and Lyceums. He introduced lunch-time musical concerts, the Community Music School and several musical performances.
The University family expresses its sincere condolences to the Robertson family and especially the workers and students of the Music and Fine Arts department.