Robert A. Baker - Composer  

The music of Robert A. Baker (born 1970, Toronto, Canada) has been performed by orchestras, ensembles, and soloists in North America and Europe including: the Azimuth Quartet and NODUS ensemble (USA); Esprit Orchestra, the Madawaska String Quartet (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 ( 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 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, broadcastby 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).

An experienced conductor of chamber, orchestral and choral music, Robert is also an active researcher on contemporary music analysis and philosophies on the perception of musical time and form. His research has focused on theories on operatic spatiotemporality leading to 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. in composition (McGill, 2009) and since 2008 has been teaching various music courses as an Adjunct Lecturer at Salisbury University, MD, USA, and beginning fall 2011 will be on faculty at Towson University (Baltimore, MD, USA).