It’s been a few years since the last instalment in the Twilight Saga and it seems that the series is back with a bang! With three movies now under his belt, and the world eager for more, Robert Pattinson embarks on a series of concerts to promote his new album, ‘Breathe’. We’re going to run down the important facts regarding Pianist Pattinson’s musical career so that you can better understand what’s going on.
Pattinson’s Up-and-Down Musical Career
Pianist Robert Pattinson was first inspired to pick up the piano by his mother, Rosamund, who played a pivotal role in promoting his musical talents. “When I was about four or five years old, my mum bought me a classical music album. I don’t remember which one, but it had a piano picture on the cover and I’d hear this album over and over again,” he told GQ in 2014.
It was his mother who noticed that he had a talent for music and, rather than suppressing it, encouraged him to pursue music studies. While at school, Pattinson was known for his passion and talent for music, performing several times a week and entering multiple singing competitions.
This eventually led to him joining the Royal Academy of Music in London where he studied classical music performance for three years. During this time he also appeared on TV shows like ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ and ‘The Voice UK’ where he wowed the crowds with his piano playing skills and passionate performances.
After completing his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Pattinson moved to Los Angeles where he began working on his film and TV career. In 2016, he signed with UTA and began working with Emmy-nominated music supervisors Max Martin and Johnny Andrews on TV shows including ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Chicago Fire’ and ‘Ecco’.
In 2018, he released his debut album, ‘Pattinson’, which hit #1 on the UK Independent Albums Chart. The critically acclaimed album was shortlisted for album of the year at the 2018 GRAMMY Awards. In the same year, he released his second album, ‘Believer’. Today, he is mostly known for his musical performances and collaborations with major songwriters and producers, including Martin and Andrews, who have worked with the likes of Adele, Bruno Mars and Lady Gaga.
Pattinson’s musical career is set to continue in March with the release of his third album, ‘Breathe’. The album features collaborations with Haim, Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes and Charlie Puth. It will be available to purchase on all major digital store and streaming platforms.
The first single from the album, ‘Believe’, features Bieber and was released in January. A follow up single, ‘Funny’ featuring Haim, was released in February. His third official single, ‘Beautiful’, is set for release on 27 March and will be accompanied by a music video featuring the superstar ensemble of actors and musicians, including Bieber, Puth, Charlie Sielski and Rosanna Thong.
The album ‘Breathe’ will be followed by a North American tour in April and May, kicking off in San Francisco on 4th April and wrapping up in New York City on 25th May. This will be the third time that Pattinson has toured the United States, performing in Los Angeles twice before.
Pattinson’s Musical Influences
It’s not just his impressive musical career that has made Robert Pattinson a household name. The Twilight Saga has become one of the biggest movie franchises of all time, with the first film, ‘Twilight’, crossing $400 million at the box office worldwide in 2012. It would go on to become one of the most successful adaptations of all time, not only in terms of box office receipts, but also in terms of online streaming, with over 2 billion views on TikTok alone.
The franchise is now in its fifth year with three major films already released and a fourth on the way. In the past five years, Pattinson has established himself as an actor to watch, not just because of his musical talent, but because of his versatility in front of and behind the camera. He is often referred to as the “Scottish Leonardo da Vinci” due to his diverse acting and filming career.
The Twilight Saga is certainly responsible for the biggest wave of popularity that Robert Pattinson has seen in his career so far, with over 100 million copies of the novels been sold worldwide. Fans of the series have propelled him into superstardom with his image and music becoming recognised worldwide. He even had a hand in designing the iconic Twilight characters’ logo, including the famous coquettish little wolf pack.
Pattinson’s Classical Pianist Past
While on the subject of iconic images, let’s not forget about Pattinson’s stunning piano playing! The actor has been compared to legendary pianist, Vladimir Horowitz, for his natural talent and ability to play with ease and passion. In fact, he’s even been dubbed “the male Horowitz”.
The UK’s Telegraph newspaper hailed Pattinson as “a pianist who could play like Horowitz, with the added bonus of being able to act and dance”. He has received widespread critical acclaim for his acting as well as his piano playing. At the 2019 Golden Globe Awards, he won the award for best actor in a comedy or musical film for his portrayal of pianist and composer Oscar Wilde in the 2019 film adaptation of the hit play ‘The playwright’.
Pattinson is no stranger to the stage. He made his London theatre debut in 2012 in ‘How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying’, before going on to play leading roles in numerous other productions both in London and on tour. He has also recorded classical music albums and played solo concerts, both in the UK and internationally. In 2019, he became an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Classical music fans, rejoice! You can now see, hear and own all of Robert Pattinson’s classical albums on CD and vinyl. The UK-based record label, ‘Naxos’, is home to many legendary musicians and producers, placing top-notch labels like ‘Deutsche Grammophon’ and ‘Angel’ on discerning buyers’ radars. If you love classical music, you owe it to yourself to explore Naxos’s incredible back catalogues.