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Robert A. Baker: Biography

Robert A. Baker
1970 -
Region: Ontario

Robert A. Baker

Robert A. Baker (b. 1970, Toronto) is a composer, theorist and conductor of new music. His compositions have been performed at festivals and conferences in North America and Europe including: the St. Magnus Festival (UK); Jihlava International Choral Festival (Czech Republic); Festival "Giuseppe Rosetta"

(Italy); New Music North (Canada); Miami New Music ISCM (USA). Recent premieres include his second violin concerto, … and wondrous strange snow (commissioned by SONAR New Music Ensemble of Baltimore, 2014) and he is currently composing a new work for New York’s ensemble mise-en summer 2106 festival. His music is published by Musikverlag Zimmermann (Germany) and SCI Journal of Music Scores (USA).

His research focusses on 20th-Century analysis, with an emphasis on issues of temporality and the perception of musical form. Recent writings include analyses of music by Wolfgang Rihm, Pierre Boulez, and Henri Dutilleux, and he has presented his research at numerous conferences across North America such as the Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic, the West Coast Conference for Music Theory and Analysis, College Music Society, The Canadian University Music Society, and he has been published in Circuit musique contemporaines. Baker received a Ph.D. in Composition from McGill University in 2009, and is currently Assistant Professor of Theory and Composition at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

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