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Rob Smith

Biography

Rob Smith (b. 7 January 1968, Syracuse, N.Y.) is an American composer and educator.

Dr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Potsdam College and both Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in music composition from The University of Texas, Austin. He was a 1997 Fulbright Grant recipient to Sydney, Australia, where he studied with Peter Sculthorpe. He taught at Australia's University of Wollongong.

His awards include: Aaron Copland Award & Residency, National Band Association, Luigi Russolo International Electronic Music Competition, Society of Composers Inc., National Association of Composers in the USA, ASCAP; Selected commissions were from Texas Music Festival Orchestra, American Composers Forum (Continental Harmony), New York Youth Chamber Music Program. Smith is [2021] director of AURA, the University of Houston Moores School of Music's contemporary music ensemble.

“Bridging modernism and American jazz and pop idioms” (San Antonio Express-News), the innovative and highly energetic music of Rob Smith is frequently performed throughout the United States and abroad. Ensembles and musicians that have performed his compositions include the Continuum Ensemble (London), Coruscations (Sydney), Synchronia (St. Louis), the Montague-Mead Piano Plus (London), the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble and the pianist Christopher Taylor.


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