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Bard College Appoints Roberts As Distinguished Visiting Professor of Music

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by John Douglas

Bard College has announced the appointment of pianist and composer Marcus Roberts as distinguished visiting professor of Music for the 2020–21 academic year. Roberts is known throughout the world for his development of an entirely new approach to jazz trio performance, as well as for his ability to blend the jazz and classical idioms. Roberts will teach a series of master classes to Bard music students this fall and spring.

One of Roberts’ more recent musical projects is the founding of a new band called The Modern Jazz Generation. This multigenerational ensemble is the realization of Roberts’ long-standing dedication to training and mentoring younger jazz musicians. Roberts is also an associate professor of music at the School of Music at Florida State University and he holds an honorary Doctor of Music degree from The Juilliard School.

In addition to his renown as a performer, Roberts is also an accomplished composer who has received numerous commissioning awards from such places as Chamber Music America, Jazz at Lincoln Center, ASCAP, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Savannah Music Festival, Seiji Ozawa and the Saito Kinen Orchestra (who commissioned him to write his second piano concerto, “Rhapsody in D for Piano and Orchestra”), and most recently, the American Symphony Orchestra.

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