Aitken Plainsong for Flute Solo


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Aitken Plainsong for Flute Solo

Aitken Plainsong for Flute Solo

Publisher-Universal Edition Series
Universal Wind Series
Grades: 5-7

Robert Aitken

Robert Morris Aitken CM (born August 28, 1939) is a Canadian composer and flautist. He began his career as a teenager playing in various orchestras, becoming the youngest principal flautist in the history of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in 1958 at age 19. In 1971, he shifted to a highly successful solo career. Aitken has performed as a soloist with major symphony orchestras across North America, Europe, and Asia and has recorded over 40 commercial albums.

Born in Kentville, Nova Scotia, Aitken has played with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, CBC Symphony Orchestra, and Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He currently serves as Co-Artistic Director of New Music Concerts in Toronto. Aitken’s classical and contemporary music recordings, including collaborations with eminent harpist Erica Goodman, are released on BIS Records. He received training from notable flautists, such as Nicolas Fiore, Marcel Moyse, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Andre Jaunet, Severino Gazzelloni, and Hubert Barwahser.

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

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