for the Musicians' Portrait Project
Robert was the Chairman of the School of Music at the University of Ottawa for two terms. He is presently Professor of Flute. He presents masterclasses across Canada and has been on both the faculty and board of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.
Robert is an vigorous proponent of contemporary music. Before coming to Ottawa, he was in residence at The Centre for the Creative and Performing Arts at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of Pierrot Concerts which is devoted to developing and performing works of contemporary Canadian music and music theatre. He has also appeared as soloist with Soundstreams Canada, Vancouver New Music, the Massey Hall New Music Festival, the Winnipeg New Music Festival and the Montreal New Music Festival. Numerous commisions have been created for him including those by: Harry Somers, Gilles Tremblay, Jacques Hétu, Steven Gellman, Patrick Cardy, Melissa Hui, Chris-Paul Harman, Brian Cherney, Bruce Mather, Serge Arcuri, Chan Ka-Nin, Omar Daniel and Larry Lake.
Cram is also the Artistic Director and Executive Producer of the Somers Recording Project. A Window on Somers, the CD collection of Somers' complete works, recently completed, was the largest recording project for a Canadian composer to date.
He was named Chevalier de l’Ordre des arts et des lettres by the French Government and is a recipient of the Mayor’s Award for Community Service from the City of Ottawa. In 1998 his recording with Quartango was nominated for a Felix award. Nominated several times, in 2004 he won a Juno Award for his recording of the flute concerto by Jacques Hétu.
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