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Robert Rankin

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Robert Rankin


Robert Rankin (b. 1994)  is an American composer

M.r Rankin grew up in North Carolina and now [2022] lives in Bloomington, Ind. Robert’s education includes a degree in music education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a master's degree in composition from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, studying with Don Freund and Claude Baker. Currently, he is pursuing his doctorate and is an associate instructor in composition at Indiana University, studying with Eugene O’Brien.

Robert’s music draws on a wide range of extra-musical influences to create intense, intricate, and expressive works. His music has been commissioned and performed by various ensembles, music festivals, and solo artists including the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Illinois Philharmonic, Durham Symphony, Duo Axon, the Empyrean Saxophone Quartet, the Lux Quartet, Split The Lark, and numerous high school and college wind ensembles across the country.

Rankin has received awards and honors from organizations including Tribeca New Music, the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra, Northwestern University, the Society of Composers Inc., Indiana State University, and the American Composers Orchestra. Robert has attended the Atlantic Music Festival (2014) and the Brevard Music Center (2016, 17) where he worked both as composer and teaching assistant.

Performances in the 2021-22 season include consortium performances of Deep State, a duo for saxophone and percussion; the world premiere of No Name in the Street commissioned by the Durham Symphony Orchestra; and the premiere of Make Them Dance, written for the Illinois Philharmonic as part of their 2021 Classical Evolve concerts. His orchestrations and arrangements will be heard on the singer-songwriter Joey Walker’s forthcoming album Inferno, set for release in early 2022.

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