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Robert Burns Arnot


The music of composer Robert Burns Arnot –

Tonal, melodic, expressive

works of beauty and originality

Latest Recording

The Cottonbrook Suite


Composer Robert Burns Arnot began his musical studies at an early age, studying trumpet at the New England Conservatory of Music under Paul Gay, trombonist with the Boston Pops. Robert showed very quick progress on his instrument, so much so that he secured a position as trumpeter at the New England Conservatory of music, where, while still only in 8th grade, he was promoted to Trumpet, First Chair in the NEC orchestra.

From the outset Robert also showed both a keen interest, as well as a precocious talent, for composition. As a result, he began a very focused study of Composition during the last several years at the Conservatory. His composition studies covered a wide spectrum of styles and techniques, studying with Kati Agocs, Kate Salfelder and Paul Burdick; also, during that time, he studied conducting with Charles Peltz, piano with Marc Ryder, as well as Music theory with Bert Van Herck. In addition, he was tutored in music theory and composition by Justin Weiss, Virtu academy, and also by Aaron Israel Levin, Yale University



“The music of Robert Burns Arnot is tonal (building on tradition, as the booklet notes put it). He paints in bold colors, and orchestrates with a keen ear. The “orchestral fairy-tale” Wild Midnight Ride puts the listener in the place of a rider on a long and difficult climb, terrorized by spirits of the night rising from a village of the dead. There is a detailed program attached to the piece, which identifies the various adventures of the rider, and how he meets and is empowered by (and is eventually under the protection of) the Great Spirit. The Czech Studio Orchestra give their all in this vivid music …  read more
Colin Clarke,