Robert A. Baker, composer


28-30 May 2014
Canadian University Music Society Annual Meeting Paper presentation (The Hunt for Form in Wolfgang Rihm’s String Quartet no. 9, “Quartettsatz”) and Performance of Valence III
April 2014
Honorable Mention for String Quartet #1 in the Third Millennium Ensemble Composers Competition
April 2014
Nor Gates of Steel ... for solo piano released on Navona Records’ Parma Music Festival Live 2013
April 2014
Recipient of an Individual Artist Award in Composition from the Maryland State Arts Council
28-30 March 2014
Paper Presentation at the West Coast Conference for Music Theory and Analysis University of Utah, Salt Lake City
14 February 2014
Valence IV performed at U Tennessee, Knoxville, the UTK Contemporary Music Ensemble within the Joint Mid-Atlantic/Southern College Music Society Conference
February 2014
Guest Conductor with SONAR Ensemble for a performance of Salvatore Sciarrino’s ecstasy in one act, Infinito Nero, and the premiere of Lonnie Hevia’s By the Light of the Stars
June 2013
Valence III for oboe, cello and percussion published in SCI Journal of Music Scores, vol. 48
March 2013
Respice exaudi me, Dominus Deus meus for unaccompanied choir named a finalist in the 2013 Simon Carrington Chamber Singers Choral Composition Competition
17 November 2012
SHARP EDGES CD launch & debut of NEWPRISM ENSEMBLE, Baltimore, MD
January 2012
Chanterelle-Verlag of Germany publishes A Forge, and a Scythe for solo guitar
1-2 April 2011
26th CMS Great Lakes Regional Conference Composers' Concert Lawrence University, Appleton, WI, USA Premiere: Valence III for oboe, cello & percussion
March 2011
England's Chiasmus Ensemble features Valence II on new CD
January 2011
MSAC Individual Artist Award in Classical Music Composition
27-29 January 2011
15th Biennial FSU Festival of New Music Florida State U, Tallahassee, FA, USA. US Premiere of Valence II for chamber ensemble
15 January 2011
2011 New Music Miami ISCM Festival Florida International University, Miami, FA, USA. US Premiere: Sharp Edges for chamber ensemble
11-14 November 2010
2010 SCI National Conference University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA. Valence I for solo piano performed.
15 May 2010
Premiere of Valence II for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano
York Spring New Music Festival, University of York, England
5-6 & 19-21 March 2010
Composing Operatic Time: analyses of temporal progression in twentieth-centruy opera
A research paper to be presented at the 28th Great Lakes & 40th Mid-Atlantic Regional CMS Conferences 2010
27 September 2009
Premiere of String Quartet #2
The Madawaska Quartet, Canadian Contemporary Music Workshop, The Music Gallery, Toroto, ON
July 2009
String Quartet #1: Releasing Anamnesis
recommended by the ISCM Canadian Section for World Music Days 2010, Sydney, Australia
24 June 2009
Premiere of Sharp Edges for chamber ensemble
Psappha Ensemble, St. Magnus Festival, Kirkwall, Scotland

Robert A. Baker (born 1970, Toronto, Canada) is a composer, pianist, researcher, conductor and teacher. His compositional aesthetic is one of stylistic pluralism, and is accompanied by a fascination with issues of listener perception, expectation, time and memory. Robert’s music has been performed by orchestras, ensembles, and soloists in North America and Europe including: the Azimuth Quartet and the Great Lakes Duo (USA); Esprit Orchestra, the Madawaska String Quartet, Elgin String Quartet, The Standing Wave Ensemble, and toneART ensemble (of which Baker was a founding member) (Canada); Chiasmus and Psappha Ensembles (UK). His music has been programmed on numerous concert series and at festivals and conferences including: the St. Magnus, the York Spring New Music, and Didsbury Arts Festivals (UK); Jihlava 2001 International Choral Festival ( Czech Republic); Festival "Giuseppe Rosetta" 1998 (Italy); Canadian Contemporary Music Workshop, Canadian Music Centre Professional Readings Series, and New Music North ( Canada); Society of Composers, Inc., College Music Society, and FSU Biennial Festival of New Music, and Miami New Music ISCM Festival (USA). An award winner and finalist in international competitions, including “Jihlava 2000” International Choral Composition Competition of the Czech Republic, the 6th International Composition Competition, “Città di Udine” 2006, Italy, Free Style Composition Competition (England), and Choral Arts Ensemble Minnesota (USA), Robert’s music has been supported by the Maryland State and Toronto Arts Councils, broadcast by CBC Radio Canada, and featured on TEM (Taukay Edizione Musicali) Italian Web Radio. Numerous commercial recordings of Robert’s music have been made by such artists and ensembles as classical guitarist Danielle Cumming, toneART ensemble ( Canada), the University Choir of Pardubice (Czech Rep.), and Chiasmus Ensemble ( England). His first string quartet is included on the recent 2010 ISCM Canadian Section Selected Works CD, and a new recording devoted to Robert’s recent solo and chamber music is scheduled for release in the 2011/12 season. An experienced conductor of chamber, orchestral and choral music, Robert has appeared as Guest Conductor for the Brampton and Scarborough Cathedral Bluffs Orchestras ( Canada), and most recently conducted Salisbury University’s spring 2008 production of Dido and Aeneas from the harpsichord. Robert is also an active researcher on contemporary music analysis and philosophies on the perception of musical time and form. His research and theories on operatic spatiotemporality have led to a published article (“Spaces and Places of Opera”, Circuit musiques contemporaines, December 2007, Vol. 17, no. 3), and paper presentations at College Music Society conferences in the United States, and organization for which he currently serves as Composition Area Chair for the Mid-Atlantic Region. Robert holds a Ph.D. and M.Mus. in composition (McGill, 2009 and 2004) where his principal teachers were John Rea and Jean Lesage, a B.Mus. in theory (Toronto, 1993) and an A.R.C.T. in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto, 1993). Robert has taught various theory and composition courses as an Adjunct Lecturer at McGill, Salisbury and Towson Universities, Anne Arundel Community College, and is currently Assistant Professor of Theory and Composition at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. October 2013


... and wondrous strange snow

for solo violin, strings, piano and percussion III. Interlude 1 30 January & 1 February, 2015 SONAR New Music Ensemble. Colin Sorgi, violin; Robert A. Baker, conductor Baltimore Theater Project, Baltimore. MD, USA

Valence III

for oboe, cello and percussion 1 April 2011 Howard Niblock, oboe; Miyoko Grine-Fisher, cello; Alexy Rolfe, percussion. Lawrence University, WI, USA

String Quartet #2

27 September, 2009 The Madawaska Quartet. The Music Gallery, Toronto, Canada