Robert Kyr (b. 1952) holds degrees from Yale (B.A. '74), the Royal College of Music (London), the University of Pennsylvania (M.A. '80), and Harvard (Ph.D. '89). His primary teachers were Donald Martino, George Rochberg, Earl Kim, and George Crumb. His commissions include works for the New England Philharmonic, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Ensemble PAN, Radcliffe Choral Society, the Fires of London, and the Debussy Trio (Los Angeles). His catalogue of works is published by ECS (E.C. Schirmer, Boston). Kyr has received numerous prizes and honors, including awards from the American Academy and Institute of the Arts and Letters, the Ford Foundation, the Society of Fellows at Harvard University, and the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust (London). He has taught at Yale, UCLA, the Hartt School of Music, and the Longy School of Music. Currently, he teaches composition and theory at the University of Oregon School of Music, where he is the director of the Music Today Festival, the Vanguard Concert Series, and the Pacific Rim Gamelan.
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