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Robert Rÿker

Robert Rÿker commenced his professional career as Principal Tuba of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic at the age of 17. On graduation from Indiana University at 21 he was immediately appointed to the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, where he appeared in some 2,000 performances with many of the world’s musical luminaries. In a lengthy and multifaceted career reaching every hemisphere of the globe, he has appeared in over 50 cities on 4 continents, founded orchestras in 3 nations, and served as Music Director, Principal Conductor or Musical Advisor to a dozen orchestras and opera companies..

Long dedicated to music education, Maestro Rÿker’s innovations in the presentation of educational concerts have been adopted by orchestras in nations around the world. His pragmatic leadership of seminars for young professional conductors is legendary. His lectures have included The Maestro as a Metaphor for Corporate Management, The Pictures Pictures, The Seventh Science: the relativity of science and music, and Style in Conducting. For services to music, he has been recognized with awards, citations and grants from the Canada Council, Secretary of State of Canada and United States Department of Defense, appointed an Honorary Guest Professor of Tokyo International University, and invested an Officer of the Knights Templar of Jerusalem.

As Music Director of the Tokyo Sinfonia he has conducted some 200 public performances, presenting works of over 100 different composers, and created over 500 musical arrangements, compositions, orchestrations, and performing editions to fill the need for repertoire to build sustaining audiences — The Sinfonia Collection.

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