Dick lives in New York City and is on the faculty of New York University. He holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.M. in composition from the Yale School of Music.
As a composer in the classical world, Robert Dick is one of only two Americans ever to be awarded both Composers Fellowships (twice) and a Solo Recitalist Grant by the N.E.A. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and commissions from the Jerome Foundation, Fromm Music Foundation, Mary Flagler Cary Trust, the city of Zurich, the Philharmonie in Cologne and many more. At the 1999 National Flute Association Convention in Atlanta, Dick was soloist in his Concerto for Flute/Bass Flute Strings and Percussion. Close to two thousand flutists gave his performance and his music a standing ovation. At the premiere of his concerto at Town Hall in New York City, the New York Times spoke of the work as "riveting in its timbral variety and brilliant in Mr. Dick's playing."
Current compositional projects, all commissioned, include works for the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth, the New Century saxophone Quartet and the flutists Elizabeth McNutt (a work for amplified flute) and Jun Kubo (a flute duo).
As one of the flute world's most respected masterclass teachers, Robert Dick has been in residence in literally hundreds of universities, colleges and conservatories throughout the US, Europe, Asia and Australia. In 2004-05, his performances and teaching abroad will take him to Kosovo, Holland, Denmark, Switzerland, Italy and Mexico. In the US this year, he'll be giving frequent masterclasses around the country and will be University Artist in Residence for the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth and guest composer in residence at the James Madison University Contemporary Music Festival.