Robert Aitken, Soloist

Bob with orchestral conductorIn the art of flute playing, Robert Aitken has few peers.  Whether he performs music by baroque masters or tackles contemporary scores asking for technical impossibilities, he invariably exhibits his extraordinary gift to reach into the innermost depths of the music, while handling all the physical demands with superb control. Aitken has concertized throughout Europe, North America and Japan.  In Madrid, the sold-out house gave him a standing ovation for his performance of the Mozart Concerto, calling him back on stage many times.  The Indian Express in Bombay termed his performance “undoubtedly the triumph of the concert season – flutist par excellence … (His) control over breath, pitch and rhythms really phenomenal — clean, velvet sound throughout — not once any sound of breathing … sheer excellent music all the way.”  [Read more…]

Orchestral Repertoire … Robert Aitken offers orchestras a stunning array of selections with which to awe, entertain and inspire global audiences everywhere. Click here to see list.

Biography World renowned Canadian flutist, composer and conductor Robert Aitken has been honoured with the Order of Canada and is a Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France). In 1970, having previously served as principal flute for both the Vancouver and Toronto Symphony Orchestras, Aitken embarked on a solo career that has taken him to virtually every corner of the globe. He has more than 70 recordings to his credit. Notable composers such as John Cage, George Crumb, Elliott Carter, Toru Takemitsu, Gilles Tremblay, John Beckwith and Bruce Mather have dedicated works to him. In 2003 he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Flute Association (USA). In 2004, he retired as Professor für Flöte at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany, a position he had held for 16 years. In 2009 Aitken was the recipient Canada’s largest arts award, the prestigious Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts. As a composer, he holds Bachelor and Masters degrees from the University of Toronto and all of his works are published by Universal Edition, Salabert, Ricordi and Peer Music. Robert Aitken was director of the Banff Centre Winter Program in Music, founder and artistic director of Music Today, Music at Shawnigan and co-founder, with Norma Beecroft, of New Music Concerts which he has directed since its inception in 1971.   More Biographical Info

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