ROBERT LIVINGSTON ALDRIDGE (b 1954 )
Robert Livingston Aldridge has written over sixty works for orchestra, opera, music-theater, dance, string quartet, solo and chamber ensembles. His music has been performed throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. He has received numerous fellowships and awards for his music from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Massachusetts Artist’s Foundation, the Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Fund, Meet the Composer, The American Symphony Orchestra League, the New Jersey Council on the Arts and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. His opera Elmer Gantry, based on the novel by Sinclair Lewis, with a libretto by Herschel Garfein, was given its fully-staged world première by Nashville Opera in November, 2007. He was commissioned by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra to compose a clarinet concerto for David Singer, and his symphonic oratorio Parables (also written with librettist Herschel Garfein) was first performed in May 2010.
Robert Livingston Aldridge has been Composer-in-Residence at the Brevard Music Festival since 2006. He has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony on five occasions since 1987. In 1989, he was chosen to represent the New York Foundation for the Arts in a solo concert of his music at Lincoln Center. He was a founder of the Composers in Red Sneakers, a composer consortium which achieved international recognition in the 1980s. His compositions are exclusively published by Edition Peters. He received a Doctorate in Composition from the Yale School of Music, a Masters in Composition from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelors in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is a Professor of Music Composition and Theory at Montclair State University.
More information about the composer can be found at robertaldridge.com.