ROBERT LIVINGSTON ALDRIDGE (b 1954 )
GRAMMY®-winning composer Robert Livingston Aldridge (1954, Richmond, VA) has written over sixty works for orchestra, opera, music-theatre, 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 National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, 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 Artists 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, and received very positive reviews in The New York Times (‘Behold! An Operatic Miracle’), The Wall St. Journal and Opera News. Excerpts from Elmer Gantry were performed by New York City Opera on their 2007 VOX Festival. An orchestral suite from Elmer Gantry was commissioned by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and premièred on their opening season gala in September 2011, an event which received international coverage. The Naxos CD of Elmer Gantry [8.669032-33] was released in July 2011, and received two GRAMMY® Awards in 2012 for Best Contemporary Classical Composition, and for Best Engineered Classical Recording. Opera News ranked the Naxos recording of Elmer Gantry #1 in the Best Opera Recordings of the Year, 2011. Aldridge’s works have been performed and/or commissioned by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Nashville Symphony, The Milwaukee Symphony, The New Jersey Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Brevard Music Festival, The Beijing Music Festival, The Shanghai String Quartet, Keith Lockhart, Martha Argerich and Gidon Kremer. His Clarinet Concerto, was released on Naxos [8.559667] in 2010, and was hailed as ‘A brilliant new concerto’ by Gramophone magazine. His compositions are exclusively published by Edition Peters (CF Peters Corporation, London/NewYork/Frankfurt).
Robert Livingston Aldridge received a Doctorate in Composition from the Yale School of Music, a Master’s Degree in Composition from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He was Professor of Composition at Montclair State University 2000–2012, director of the Cali School, 2006–2009 and chairman of the Music Department, 2005–2011. Since 2012 he is Professor of Composition and Director of Music at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.
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