Faculty Composition Robert Pollock

Robert Pollock (www.robertemilpollock.com) received a B. A. in Music from Swarthmore College, a M.F.A. in Musical Composition fromPrinceton University, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in Musical Composition. He is co-founder of the New York Guild of Composers (1975), where he was often featured as pianist, and founder/director emeritus of the Composers Guild of New Jersey (1980-1998).  Since 1999, Pollock directs a contemporary music and arts presenting organization, Ebb &  Flow Arts, Inc., Inc., in Hawai'i  - http://www.ebbandflowarts.org and



         He has organized over 500 new music concerts. As pianist he has premiered over 100 compositions by composers from around the world. 

He has recorded works by George Walker, Rashid Kalimullin, Stephen Peles, Dina Koston,  Sarn Oliver, Edward T. Cone, and others. He performed solo piano recitals in Honolulu, Maui, and Kauai, Hawai'i; Seoul,  Korea, Tokyo, Japan, Kazan, Russia, Xalapa, Mexico,New York City, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and California. He participated as composer-in-residence at William Paterson University, the Festival for New American Music, MacDowell Art Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Millay Art Colony,  California State University at Sacramento, and University of Vera Cruz, Xalapa, Mexico. 

          Some of his over one hundred-forty (140) compositions received performances in Israel, Moscow, Russia, Japan, South Korea, Honolulu, Italy, Poland, Germany, Austria, Mexico, Russia, Bulgaria, Denmark, Ireland, New Jersey, California and NYC. Several of his works are recorded for Furious Artisan, CRI, CGNJ, E&FA (MIMM), and Union of Composers, Tartarstan, Russia, labels. Several works are published by

Mobart, E.C. Schirmer, Veritas Musicae and Rosalime Productions. 


Guggenheim Fellowship

Composers String Quartet Award, first prize

National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant

MacDowell Colony Fellowships (2)

Millay Art Colony Fellowship

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellowships (2)

International Society for Contemporary Music Composition Awards (2)

Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund for Music grant

New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowships (3)

Ingram Merrill Award

Fund for US Artists at International Festivals Grants (3)

Meet the Composer Performance Fund Awards (10)

 “....Pollock’s luscious “Cygnature Piece,” in which the first movement - full of beautiful blendings, empty of expressive cliché, splendid and sonorous...” (Paul Griffiths, New York Times)

"Composer, virtuoso pianist and Maui resident Robert Pollock is represented here with his highly virtuosic and ‘entertwining’ Entertwined. The homogenized word Entertwined (“entertain” and “intertwine”) is the title of Pollock’s piece (for two guitars). It is a terrific, happy piece that seems to delight in its own explorations of material." (Fanfare Magazine)


Appearance on WQXR’s “Artists in Concert” series Over thirty (30) performances on Guild of Composers, NY programs in NYC.

Recordings: “Bridgeforms,” (CRI) “Passing Fancies” by Stephen Peles (CGNJ), “Ballet Mecanique” by George Antheil (CGNJ), “Morning in Istanbul” by Rashid Kalimullin (Composers Union of Tatarstan), “Perimeters” and "Sonata #5" by George Walker (Albany),

"Silent Noon" by Edward T. Cone (MIMM).

“...performed with urbanity and polish...” (Raymond Ericson, NYT)

“...an accomplished performer...” (Allen Hughes, NYT)

“...a powerful player with no lack of temperament...” (Michael Redmond, Newark Star Ledger)

“...splendid performances...” (Dika Newlin, Richmond Times-Dispatch)

“...performed with passion and inner concentration...” (Bogumila Mika, Musical Movement Warsaw))

“...Pollock, an expert interpreter of new music, took the audience on a wild ride of dramatic chords...” (Liz Janes-Brown, Maui News)                    

“...Pollock played them (“Sphinxes” by E. T. Cone) engagingly and with obvious enjoyment....”  (Jerry Kuderna, San Francisco Classical Voice)