Robert recently returned from South Africa, where he presented lectures and worked with young composers at UNISA (Pretoria), the University of Stellenbosch, the University of Cape Town, the University of Pretoria, and North West University (Potchefstroom), and gave a paper at the annual conference of South Africa’s musicological society SASRIM at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth.
During his visit he was also a faculty member for New Music South Africa’s annual New Music Indaba, held at UNISA and the University of the Witwatersrand between 1-7 September. For the Indaba, he ran composer workshops for emerging composers from South Africa and Nigeria with London-based ensemble The Chamber Music Company led by pianist Mark Troop. Along with the premiere of a short piece in response to Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time given by The Chamber Music Company, he was also privileged to hear Julie-Anne Derome (violin) and Gabriel Prynn (cello) of Canadian piano trioTrio Fibonacci give the premiere of the full version of Tracing Lines.
At New Music South Africa’s AGM, held at the New Music Indaba, Robert was also honoured to be voted vice-president of NMSA.
For more information about New Music South Africa, please visit www.newmusicsa.org.za/index.html