Robert D. Billington (b. 21 June 1952, Welland, Ontario, Canada) obtained his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Miami (Coral Gables), where he completed research for his dissertation, A Description and Application of Robert Aitken's Concept of the Physical Flute, and distinguished himself as a virtuoso performer. Among his flute teachers have been numerous artists of international repute, including Bernard Goldberg, Donald Peck, James Pellerite, Robert Aitken, Francis Fuge, and Arthur Kitti.
Prior to commencing his doctoral studies, Robert earned a Master of Music degree in flute performance from Western Michigan University and a Bachelor of Arts in music from Northern Michigan University. He has taught at Ball State University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Miami, Boise State University, the University of Louisville, and the Louisville Academy of Music.
Robert has performed with numerous orchestras and/or ensembles in Europe, North America, and the Caribbean. At the present time he resides in Miami, where he is in great demand as a performer and educator and appears as principal and solo flutist with the Miami Bach Society Orchestra. He also concertizes frequently with both the Billington and Gonzalez Classical Flute and Guitar Duo and the LGEM Trio–a flute, guitar, and percussion ensemble that specializes in folkloric and popular music of the Western Hemisphere. He has given the south Florida premieres of works by Delian Society composers David Solomons (United Kingdom) and Jean Chatillon (Québec, Canada).
Dr. Billington stresses the importance of tonal music for today's musicians and their audiences:
As a classically trained musician, I have performed in groups as diverse as collgium ensembles with period instruments and with avant-garde or new music ensembles. I find that whatever the musical genre, the important element of the performance is the communication of the compositional ideals to the audience. I find that as a performing musician—concertizer and gigger —I am able to reach the most diverse audience through the performance of tonal music.