Bob Resnikoff was introduced to classical music at the age of 9 by his older brother who sent him a record collection while studying at MIT. He fell in love with the first movement of Beethoven’s Pastorale symphony, and subsequently began a self-directed exploration of classical music through listening. His first traditional music study began at Columbia University where he studied piano with William Beller, and received the AB degree in Music from Columbia College. He also later received an MA in Musicology from the City University of New York.
After finishing his undergraduate studies, he was employed by IBM in the computer Systems Division in Poughkeepsie, NY, and eventually joined the staff of the Columbia University Computer Center.
While working at Columbia, he continued studying the piano: first with Modena Scovill, and then for many years with Seymour Bernstein. He later met Sophia Rosoff and studied with her until her death in 2017. He has also studied composition with Ruth Anderson at the City University, and computer composition with Charles Dodge at Columbia.
He currently teaches piano at the Westerhoff School of Music, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Abby Whiteside Foundation which promotes the piano playing principles of Abby Whiteside and Sophia Rosoff.