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Robert Rival

Robert Rival, a native Albertan, has been the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra's Composer-in-Residence since 2011. His music, written in a contemporary tonal style and inspired by the Canadian wilderness, literature, and classical and romantic musical forms, has been described as "well crafted", "engaging", "immediately appealing", "melodic and accessible", "sophisticated", "memorable"--and his song cycle, Red Moon and Other Songs of War, as "an unequivocal hit". His works for the ESO include a dramatic symphonic poem, Achilles & Scamander, a dazzling overture, Whirlwind, and Lullaby, performed at Carnegie Hall and lauded as an "atmospheric dream world". Other orchestral works include Symphony No. 1 "Maligne Range", inspired by a hike through the Rockies, and a children's work, Maya the Bee. His diverse catalogue of chamber music is performed by leading musicians in Canada and abroad. His scholarly publications include articles on Shostakovich and Nielsen. Committed to music education and appreciation, he has taught theory and composition at all levels, and has written liner and program notes for major festivals and record labels. Rival holds a doctorate in composition from the University of Toronto, and lives with his wife, Chantal-Andrée Samson, a realist oil painter, and their infant son Raphaël.


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