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ROBERT RIVKIN is a rank amateur and humbly proud of it. He neither plays an instrument well nor sings well. He therefore feels that he understands performance from a unique perspective and is fully qualified to comment on others' efforts.
He has been collecting recordings for over 50 years, and has attended live performances in most of Western Europe, Scandinavia, Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, Israel, Russia, and the US, where he makes his home in his birth place of Baltimore.
Depending on the given year he may be teaching courses in French, Impressionist Art, or French Opera, or taking courses in making mosaics and stained glass. In his semi-retirement he currently teaches Latin at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
For several years he has carefully resisted R.E.B.'s and K.M.s cajoling to write reviews, preferring to offer copious technical assistance to classicalcdreview.com's web master. He still cannot figure out how he got duped into starting to produce reviews here, but contributes happily..