Robert J. Bradshaw
composer in residence
Each spring, Robert Bradshaw works with NMYO’s Intermezzo Orchestra teaching composition skills and working with the musicians to create a new work for performance at the spring concert in May.
Focused on producing socially relevant art, Robert J. Bradshaw's music is inspired by historical events and influenced by his multi-cultural family. His formative years were spent surrounded by generations of artists including works by his great-grandfather, George A. Bradshaw, whose etchings are part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s permanent collection. Bradshaw’s artistic aesthetic has been shaped by his paternal grandfather’s art, a watercolorist and art historian, and maternal grandfather’s teaching, a jazz guitarist from New York City. The result is a sophisticated fusion of musical styles, celebrated as “wholly and unmistakably American”. His compositions have been heard in Lincoln Center and at the Kennedy Center's International VSA Festival. Commissions include works for the James Pappoutsakis Flute Competition, the New England String Ensemble Musical Heritage Initiative and the American String Teachers Association with NSOA. Of particular note is the Australian Trumpet Guild's commission of the opera “.Gabriel” which was premiered at the 35th Annual Conference of the International Trumpet Guild, courtesy of Opera Australia and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.