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Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011


Robert Boardman is the 1st place winner nationally for The American Prize 2015 Maestro Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award in Orchestral Programming, and 2nd Place winner in 2016 and 2014. Robert's passion for orchestral performance emerges from the transformative power of experiencing the profound works of human craft, ingenuity, and creativity. Boardman seeks to both discover and re-discover ways in which the orchestra can be a vital social force in our dynamically changing world.
His recent artistic engagements include the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music where he has served as Assistant Conductor for two seasons. As assistant to Music Director Maestra Marin Alsop, he worked along side composers John Adams, Philip Glass, Jennifer Higdon, and Mark Anthony Turnage, to name a few. Robert has relished a lifelong interest in contemporary orchestral music. In addition to having composed over a dozen original works, he is drawn to the music's freshness, sense of event, and artistic relevance to our time.
Since 2006, Boardman has served as Assistant Conductor for Howard Shore's film score "The Lord of the Rings Symphony" with CAMI Music for which he has assisted in over 30 performances, including a tour of Germany. In this position, he has worked with the orchestras and choruses of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic and Minnesota Orchestra, among others. Robert has conducted 11 World Premieres and over 30 orchestras worldwide, including the Houston Symphony, Spokane Symphony Orchestra, and Cabrillo Festival Orchestra.
Other collaborations have taken Mr. Boardman to the Phoenix Symphony where he assisted Michael Christie in a semi-staged production of John Adams’ epic opera “Nixon in China.” Mr. Boardman also had the honor of performing and recording the world premiere performances of Lembit Beecher’s multi-media oratorio, “And Then I Remember” – a musical documentary about the life of Beecher’s Grandmother and her escape from Estonia during WWII.
Boardman studied conducting with Marin Alsop, Kurt Masur, Gustav Meier, and Kenneth Kiesler. He has also participated in numerous master classes, workshops and seminars with major orchestras and conductors throughout the United States. In May 2010, Robert achieved the distinction Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance - the #1 ranked conducting program in the nation by USNEWS & World Reports.