New PARMA Artist: Robert A. Baker

PARMA is pleased to introduce Canadian composer/pianist Robert A. Baker to our family of artists. Baker is a stylistically dynamic composer whose music focuses on listener perception, expectation, time and memory. 
In addition to being a composer/pianist, he is an experienced conductor of chamber, orchestral, and choral music. He has appeared as a guest conductor for Brampton and Scarborough Cathedral Bluffs Orchestras (Canada) and conducted Salisbury University’s spring 2008 production of Dido and Aeneas. He has published a writing entitled “The Spaces and Places of Opera.” In this writing, Baker discusses the effect that a venue has on a particular work, and the relationship the work has to the time and place in which it is performed. 
Robert has a history with PARMA, as he was featured on the PARMA Music Festival Live! release in 2013. He has now signed on with PARMA to release two of his solo piano works: “Valence I” and “Nor gates of steel so strong, but Time decays?” on an upcoming solo piano compilation. His piece “Valence I” was selected for inclusion in the College Music Society 2009 Mid-Atlantic Conference Composer’s Concert, as well as in the 2010 Society of Composers, Inc. National Conference. His work “Nor gates of steel so strong, but Time Decays?” features frantic, sometimes dark flourishes which capture a sense of urgency and keeps the listener on the edge of his or her seat.

Stay tuned for the release! For more on Robert A. Baker, please visit his website at and listen to some of his work at Also, feel free to check out our featured artists and info for the upcoming 2014 PARMA Music Festival:

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