Robert Aitken

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Robert Morris Aitken, CM (born August 28, 1939) is a Canadian composer and flautist. He began his career as a teenager playing in a number of orchestras, notably becoming the youngest principal flautist in the history of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in 1958 at the age of 19. In 1971, he abandoned ensemble performance to pursue a highly successful solo career. He has appeared as a soloist with major symphony orchestras throughout North America, Europe and Asia and has made more than 40 commercial recordings.

Born in Kentville, Nova Scotia, Aitken has played with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, CBC Symphony Orchestra, and Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He is Artistic Director of New Music Concerts in Toronto. He has also done classical and contemporary music (along with eminent harpist Erica Goodman) on BIS Records. He studied flute wirh Nicolas Fiore, Marcel Moyse, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Andre Jaunet, Severino Gazzelloni, and Hubert Barwahser.

From 1988 to 2004, Aitken was a member of the music faculty at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany. He is also a former faculty member of the University of Toronto (1960–1975) and the Shawnigan Summer School of Arts (1972–1982) and was director of advanced studies in music at the Banff Centre from 1985 to 1989.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 French Flute Music Robert Aitken, Robin McCabe 1
1995 Toward the Sea Robert Aitken, Erica Goodman 1
2003 Toward the Sea / Rain Tree / Rain Spell / Bryce Toru Takemitsu; Robert Aitken, Toronto New Music Ensemble 1
2006 Music for Massed Flutes Henry Brant; New York Flute Club, Robert Aitken 1
2006 Vox Balaenae George Crumb; New Music Concerts Ensemble, Robert Aitken 1
2008 Elliot Carter: 100th Anniversary Release Elliott Carter; New Music Concerts Ensemble, Robert Aitken 1

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