Robert Paterson (b. 1970) is an American composer.
The son of a sculptor and painter, Robert Paterson grew up in Buffalo, New York. He was at first attracted to the drums, but soon developed a desire to compose. He wrote his first piece of music when he was 13 years old. He studied at the Eastman School of Music (Bachelor of Music degree), Indiana University (Master of Music degree), and Cornell University (Doctor of Music Arts degree.
In 2005, Paterson founded the American Modern Ensemble which features American music in lively theater program settings. He serves as house composer there frequently contributing new works to the ensemble, and he directs the affiliated label American Modern Recordings. As a percussionist, Paterson pioneered the six-mallet marimba technique. He presented the world’s first all six-mallet marimba recital at the Eastman School of Music in 1993. As a composer, his music has been performed by leading ensembles, and have won a number of prestigious awards, including the Copland award, two ASCAP Young Composer awards, along with a number of fellowships.
Works for Winds
- Crimson Earth
- Firecracker Alley (2014)
- The Winds of Time (2021)
- Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Rob Paterson." Accessed 4 March 2017
- Robert Paterson website Accessed 4 March 2017