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Composer Robert Paterson continues to gain attention here and abroad for writing “vibrantly scored and well-crafted” music that “often seems to shimmer” (NewMusicBox). His works are praised for their elegance, wit, structural integrity, and a wonderful sense of color. Paterson was awarded The Composer of The Year at Carnegie Hall from the Classical Recording Foundation in 2011. The Book of Goddesses was on the Grammy® nomination ballot this past year for Best Contemporary Classical Composition and was named one of the Top 10 favorite pieces of the year by NPR’s Best Music of 2012.

Recent performances include the world premiere of Ghost Theater, commissioned by the Albany Symphony for Dogs of Desire, Dark Mountains, commissioned by Jaime Laredo and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the European premiere of Dancing Games by the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire (France), and A Dream Within A Dream, commissioned by the Chamber Choir of Europe. His works have been played by the Louisville Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, New York New Music Ensemble, BargeMusic, California EAR Unit, and Ensemble Aleph in Paris.

Upcoming highlights include Dark Mountains with the Austin Symphony, a performance of the one-act opera Safe Word (with a libretto by David Cote) from the three-act opera Three Way as part of the Fort Worth Opera's Frontiers program, a new chamber work for the Utah Arts Festival as the result of winning their 2013 annual composition competition, and an album of Paterson’s choral works to be recorded with Musica Sacra and conductor, Kent Tritle in 2014. Paterson won the 2010 Cincinnati Camerata Composition Competition for his setting of Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep (text by Mary Frye). The panel chose this work from his cycle Eternal Reflections for its “expressive choral writing, text painting and imaginatively beautiful textures.”

Awards include the Copland Award, two ASCAP Young Composer Awards, a three-year Music Alive! grant from the League of American Orchestras and New Music USA, the American Composers Forum, and ASCAP. Fellowships include Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts.

Born in 1970, Paterson was raised in Buffalo, New York, the son of a sculptor and a painter. Although his first love was percussion, he soon discovered a passion for composition, writing his first piece at age thirteen.

In the late 1980s, Paterson pioneered the development of a six-mallet marimba technique. He presented the world’s first all six-mallet marimba recital at the Eastman School of Music in 1993, and released the first-ever album of six mallet music, Six Mallet Marimba in 2012 (AMR) to a sold out crowd at the Rubin Museum in Chelsea, NY.

In 2005, Paterson founded the American Modern Ensemble (AME), which spotlights American music via lively thematic programming. He serves as artistic director for AME as well as house composer, frequently contributing new pieces to the ensemble, and he directs the affiliated record label, American Modern Recordings (AMR), which will be distributed by Naxos in 2014.

He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music (BM), Indiana University (MM), and Cornell University (DMA). Paterson has given master classes at numerous colleges and universities, most recently at the Curtis Institute of Music, New York University, and the Cleveland Institute of Music. He resides in New York City with his wife, Victoria, and son, Dylan, and summers at the Rocky Ridge Music Center in Colorado where he is composer-in-residence.

[November, 2013]


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Composer Robert Paterson continues to gain attention here and abroad for writing “vibrantly scored and well-crafted” music that “often seems to shimmer” (NewMusicBox). His works are praised for their elegance, wit, structural integrity, and a wonderful sense of color. Paterson was awarded The Composer of The Year at Carnegie Hall from the Classical Recording Foundation in 2011. The Book of Goddesses was on the Grammy® nomination ballot this past year for Best Contemporary Classical Composition and was named one of the Top 10 favorite pieces of the year by NPR’s Best Music of 2012.

Recent performances include Ghost Theater, commissioned by the Albany Symphony and David Alan Miller, Dark Mountains with Jamie Laredo and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, and A Dream Within A Dream commissioned by the Chamber Choir of Europe. His works have been played by numerous ensembles, including the Louisville Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, New York New Music Ensemble, BargeMusic, and Ensemble Aleph in Paris.

Upcoming engagements include the one-act opera Safe Word as part of Fort Worth Opera's Frontiers program, a commission by the Utah Arts Festival as the result of winning their 2013 composition competition, Dark Mountains with the Austin Symphony, and an album of Paterson’s choral works to be recorded with Musica Sacra and conductor, Kent Tritle.

In 2005, Paterson founded the American Modern Ensemble (AME), which spotlights American music via lively thematic programming. He serves as artistic director for AME as well as house composer, frequently contributing new pieces to the ensemble, and he directs the affiliated record label, American Modern Recordings (AMR), which will be distributed by Naxos in 2014. Paterson has given master classes at numerous colleges and universities, most recently at the Curtis Institute of Music, New York University, and the Cleveland Institute of Music. He resides in New York City with his wife, Victoria, and son, Dylan, and summers at the Rocky Ridge Music Center in Colorado where he is composer-in-residence.

[November, 2013]


Short Bio (254 Words)

Composer Robert Paterson continues  to gain attention here and abroad for writing “vibrantly scored and well-crafted” music that “often seems to shimmer” (NewMusicBox). His works are praised for their elegance, wit, structural integrity, and a wonderful sense of color. Paterson was awarded The Composer of The Year at Carnegie Hall from the Classical Recording Foundation in 2011. The Book of Goddesses was on the Grammy® nomination ballot this past year for Best Contemporary Classical Composition and was named one of the Top 10 favorite pieces of the year by NPR’s Best Music of 2012.

Recent performances include Ghost Theater, commissioned by the Albany Symphony, Dark Mountains with Jamie Laredo and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, and A Dream Within A Dream, commissioned by the Chamber Choir of Europe. His works have been played by numerous ensembles, including the Louisville Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra and the American Composers Orchestra.

Upcoming engagements include a commission by the Utah Arts Festival as the result of winning their 2013 composition competition, the one-act opera Safe Word with Fort Worth Opera's Frontiers program, Dark Mountains with the Austin Symphony and an album of Paterson’s choral works to be recorded with Musica Sacra and conductor, Kent Tritle.

Paterson has given master classes at many colleges and universities, most recently at the Curtis Institute of Music, New York University and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Paterson is the founder and Artistic Director of the American Modern Ensemble and resides in New York City with his wife Victoria, a violinist, and their son Dylan.

[November, 2013]


Very Short Bio (146 Words)

Robert Paterson was Composer of The Year at Carnegie Hall from the Classical Recording Foundation and works from the Book of Goddesses, Duo Scorpio, Wood and Forest, and Six Mallet Marimba were on the Grammy® nomination ballot for Best Contemporary Classical Album. The Book of Goddesses was named one of the Top 10 favorite pieces of the year by NPR’s Best Music of 2012. His works have been played by the Louisville Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Albany Symphony and the American Composers Orchestra. Upcoming engagements include a commission with the Utah Arts Festival via winning their 2013 competition, Safe Word with Fort Worth Opera’s Frontiers Showcase, Dark Mountains with the Austin Symphony, and an album of Paterson’s choral works to be recorded with Musica Sacra and conductor, Kent Tritle. Paterson resides in New York City with his wife, Victoria, and their son, Dylan. For more information: robertpaterson.com

[February, 2014]

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