Composer Robert Baksa (February 6, 1938 - June 24, 2023) was a creative and prolific artist of exceptional lyric gifts, who wrote over six hundred instrumental and keyboard works as well as art songs, choral music, and operas. He worked in his own unique neoclassical style, and the craftsmanship of his tonally oriented music garnered respect even during the years when a conservative aesthetic was out of fashion.
Baksa’s works have been performed by such groups as the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, the Boehm and Virtuosi Quintets, the Sylvan Winds, the New Jersey Chamber Music Society, the Queens Chamber Band, harpsichordists Igor Kipnis and Elaine Comparone, oboist Burt Lucarelli, saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera, and cellist Sharon Robinson. His music has been featured at National Flute Association and Double Reed Society Conventions, the Caramoor and Newport Music Festivals, and at the Library of Congress.
Baksa passed away on June 24th, 2023 in Hudson, NY at the age of 85, following a brief illness.