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Robert J. Bradshaw

Composer | Author | Educator

“If art is meant to comment on our social mores, then QWERTY has succeeded. If art is meant to educate, then Robert J. Bradshaw has surely succeeded, too.  I commend him for proving that opera is not only alive and kicking, but entirely relevant.”

- Creative Exfoliation

BIO (Music)


Award-winning composer ROBERT J. BRADSHAW focuses on creating relevant works of art inspired by social, historical, and community-based events that explore the human condition.  His music has been heard around the world from Lincoln Center to Australia.  Bradshaw's steampunk opera DEUS EX MACHINA, an exploration of faith in the digital age, was awarded two gold medals and named one of the top ten albums of 2015 by the Global Music Awards.  Socially conscious and relevant to our daily lives, Bradshaw’s music is infused with modern culture, historical significance, and speaks with a vibrant and engaging musical language.  Commissions include works for the James Pappoutsakis Flute Competition and the New England String Ensemble Musical Heritage Initiative.  Of particular note is the Australian Trumpet Guild's commission of the opera “.Gabriel” (pronounced "dot Gabriel"), a work that uses our own words to explore relationships (and ramifications) of social interaction online.  Premiered at the 35th Annual Conference of the International Trumpet Guild, courtesy of Opera Australia and Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, ".Gabriel" continues to find relevance with audiences through concert and staged performances, including the 2019 Edmonton International Fringe Festival. 


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Mr. Bradshaw is also author of The Wizard's Diary series.

BIO (Author)


ROBERT J. BRADSHAW finds inspiration on the rocky shores of Cape Ann, Massachusetts, though putting pen to paper doesn’t always mean writing books. His musical compositions have been heard on concert stages around the world, from Lincoln Center to Thailand, Europe to Australia (where his opera “.Gabriel” was premiered courtesy of Opera Australia). When concert halls fell silent in 2020, and the intensity of isolation weighed heavily on his family, Rob suggested they workshop an epic fantasy tale for fun. Yes, this is the kind of thing his family does for fun! So, every night after dinner, they sat in the living room (on the couch, on the floor with the dog, crawling up the stairs, even sitting in his wife’s spinning office chair going ‘round and ‘round and ‘round…) dissecting every aspect of what would become Aargh and Holly-Mine’s adventures in Ardilakk Valley. Little did Rob know how joyful (and how much work!) the project would be. He is thrilled to be able to share The Wizard’s Diary with fantasy readers like himself.

The Wizard's Diary series.

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