Robert Bates, professor of music at the University of Houston, performs works by Bach, Buxtehude, Titelouze, Correa de Arauxo, Hindemith, and Bates on the UW’s Littlefield Organ.
Robert Bates is Professor at the Moores School of Music. Before coming to the University of Houston, he served as University Organist at Stanford University, where he also received his Ph.D. in Musicology. His teachers of performance include Marie-Claire Alain, Robert Anderson, Daniel Roth and Ray Ferguson. He is an internationally known recording artist and composer, and a specialist in early French and Spanish Organ Music, the history of music theory and early tuning systems. He is frequently invited to appear at national conferences sponsored by organizations such as the American Guild of Organists, the Organ Historical Society, the American Organ Academy, the American Musicological Society, the Westfield Center and the American Institute of Organ Builders. During the past few years, he has performed solo recitals at Stanford University, Cornell University, Arizona State University, the University of North Texas, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Michigan, Westminster Choir College, the New England Conservatory of Music, the Eastman School of Music, Duke University and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
He has recorded the complete organ works of Brahms (Pro Organo), Daquin (Loft Recordings) and Correa de Arauxo (to be released by Loft Recordings). His three-CD set,"Viaticum" (Loft Recordings), contains eight of his own compositions. His live performance for the National Convention of the American Guild of Organists in 2000 is now available on CD ("Robert Bates in recital at Lagerquist Hall," ReZound Recordings). According to The Organ (UK), his most recent CD ("…in Dialogue, Vol. 1," Loft Recordings), is "an unusual and utterly brilliant release." His music is published by Wayne Leupold Editions (ECS Publishing, Boston), and he is represented by WindWerk Artists under the management of Penny Lorenz.