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Robert Hess

Toronto, CA         

Robert is a Canadian saxophonist currently living in Toronto who is passionate about education, promoting new music, performing in various mixed ensembles, and arts documentation. He shows his passion for music by aiming to create new music for under-composed instrumental ensembles, and by receiving positive student feedback. Robert is currently growing his private studio in the Toronto and Greater Toronto Area (GTA) teaching primarily saxophone, and in addition, theory rudiments and beginner clarinet. In the GTA, Robert is working with ensembles to record and create digital media through various forms of arts documentation. Demonstrating a wide skill set, Robert is working and developing to make other musicians heard by doing live sound at clubs, outdoor venues, and portable sound reinforcement.

Robert has had the opportunity to perform throughout North America and Italy including performances in Ontario, Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Texas, Ohio, Maine, and at the 2016 Cortona Sessions for New Music in Italy. He was the winner of the 2017-2018 Kansas Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Young Artist Woodwind competition and the 2017 Wichita State Concerto Competition. With Meadowlark Quartet he won the 2018 and 2017 Wolf-Ilse Bing Chamber Music competitions in Wichita, Kansas, and received alternate in the Kansas MTNA Chamber Music Competition. While working on his masters, he has performed throughout Wichita at the Ulrich Museum of Art, Mark Arts Gallery, the 2017 KNOB New Music Festival at Fisch Haus, with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, and at regional and national North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) conferences.

As a chamber musician and advocate for new music, Robert performs with saxophone quartets, a percussion/saxophone duo, and a new project dedicated to growing Cello and Saxophone repertoire. He has commissioned “Serpentine” by Zach Pierce for saxophone quartet and marimba and gave the world premiere at the 2016 NASA Regional Conference in Stillwater, Oklahoma. At the 2018 Waterloo Regional Contemporary Music Sessions, he met with Elizabeth A. Baker and began a duo expanding the perception of an organic traditional ensemble of saxophone and piano through electronic processing. 

He completed his MMus in May 2018 at Wichita State and BMusEd’16 with Honors at Western University in Canada where he studied with Geoffrey Deibel and Bobbi Thompson respectively.

Illusion – Baker-Hess Duo

The Baker-Hess Duo is an international twosome comprised of Elizabeth A. Baker (United States) and Robert Hess (Canada) that seeks to expand auditory perception through an organic pairing of traditional acoustic instruments and live electronic processing. The duo employs extended techniques and unusual preparations on their primary instruments which include saxophone (Hess) and piano/toy piano (Baker); these meld with a sea of analogue synthesizers, boutique hardware synths, effects pedals, and more.

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