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Brian Robison

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Brian Robison


Brian Robison (b. 1964) is an American composer and educator.

Dr. Robison's principal composition teachers were Steven Stucky, Karel Husa, and Roberto Sierra at Cornell University (MFA 1992 and DMA 1999), and Burt Fenner at the Pennsylvania State University (BM 1986). He also studied with Philippe Manoury and Tristan Murail at the famed American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France, where he was awarded the Maurice Ravel Prize (Prix Maurice Ravel de la ville d’Avon) in August 1991.

The creative work of Brian Robison reflects his performing experience in a broad range of musical styles. Recent awards include commissions from the Argosy Foundation Contemporary Music Fund (2008) and Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble (2008), and composer residencies at Aaron Copland House (2006), the MacDowell Colony (2006), and Norton Island (2005). Additionally, in 2005 a comprehensive “Brian Robison Collection” was initiated as part of the Contemporary Music Research Collection in the Diehn Composers Room at Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA), to facilitate scholarly investigation of his music.

In July 2000, the American Composers Orchestra named him the winner of the 2000 Whitaker Commission; the new work, In search of the miraculous, received its world premiere performance by the ACO in Carnegie Hall in 2003. A recording of his first work for wind ensemble, The Congress of the Insomniacs, was made by Dr. Frederick T. Harris, Jr. and the MIT Wind Ensemble, for whom the work was written. Robison also composed and performed the soundtrack to a 1920s short silent film, Cockeyed, available in the 3-DVD set More treasures from American film archives, 1894-1931, and contributed soundtracks for four brief WWI-era cartoons in the next set, Treasures III: Social issues in American film, 1900-1931.

Dr. Robison is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Music at Northeastern University. He has previously taught at Middlebury College, the College of the Holy Cross, Northeastern University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cornell University, and Ithaca College.

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