Canadian flutist and composer Robert Aitken studied flute with Nicholas Fiore, Marcel Moyse, Jean-Pierre Rampal and Severino Gazzelloni; of the significant figures, Aitken regards Moyse as the teacher who had the most impact on his own playing. Aitken's composition studies were undertaken with Barbara Pentland and John Weinzweig. At the tender age of only 19, Aitken was principal flutist of the Vancouver Symphony from 1958 to 1959, and Aitken's record stands, as he still the youngest flutist to hold first chair in this symphony's history. Aitken completeed his music degrees at the University of Toronto in 1965, where he also worked in the Electronic Music Studio, composing the works Composition for flute and tape (1962), Hamlet (Incidental Music) (1963), Noesis (1964) and a Quartet for flute, oboe, viola, and contrabass (1961). Aitken's ...
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