Robert Livingston Aldridge (b. 7 September 1954, Richmond, Va.) is an American composer and educator.
Dr. Aldridge holds degrees in both composition and English literature. He received a bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a master's degree in composition from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a doctorate in composition from the Yale School of Music in 2000.
He has written over sixty works for orchestra, opera, musical theater, dance, and various chamber ensembles that have been performed in the United States, Europe, and Japan. He is widely known for his opera Elmer Gantry, based on Sinclair Lewis's 1927 novel of the same name, which was completed in 2007 and won Best Engineered Album (Classical) and Best Contemporary Classical Composition in the 54th Annual Grammy Awards. The world premiere of his fifty-minute symphonic oratorio, PARABLES (also written with librettist Herschel Garfein), a work commissioned by the Topeka Symphony, took place in May, 2010.
He was professor of composition at Montclair State University in New Jersey. He was appointed director of the music department of the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in 2012.
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