Stewart Robertson

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Stewart Robertson (born 22 May 1948, Glasgow[1]) is a Scottish conductor. He attended the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and Bristol University. He studied piano in London with Denis Matthews, and conducting with Otmar Suitner at the Mozarteum Academy and Hans Swarowsky at the Vienna Academy.

Robertson became the youngest conductor to lead a performance at the Cologne Opera since Herbert von Karajan. He has served as music director of the Zurich Ballet and Scottish Opera Touring Company. He has conducted New York City Opera productions broadcast on Live from Lincoln Center.

In the early '80's, he served as conductor of the San Jose Symphony Youth Orchestra.

In addition to being an active pianist, Robertson is a broadcast writer and lecturer on music who has been seen and heard on National Public Radio, Public Broadcasting Service, BBC, and Swiss-Italian radio and television.

Robertson was music director of Glimmerglass Opera from 1988 to 2006.[2] From 1998 to 2009, he served as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Florida Grand Opera in Miami. He has also been a professor of orchestral studies at Florida International University. Since 2005, he is the conductor of the Atlantic Classical Orchestra in Florida. From 2005 to 2008, he was artistic director and principal conductor of Opera Omaha.[1]

Robertson's commercial recordings include Richard Rodney Bennett's opera The Mines of Sulphur (Chandos)[3] and Stephen Hartke's opera The Greater Good (Naxos),[4] both of which featured performers from Glimmerglass Opera.

Robertson and his wife Meryl have two children.


  1. ^ a b International Who's Who in Classical Music 2009. Routledge Taylor & Francis Group (2009), p. 693 (ISBN 978-1-85743-513-9)
  2. ^ "Glimmerglass Opera Music Director to Step Down". Associated Press. 2 December 2005. Archived from the original on 16 November 2008. Retrieved 22 October 2008.
  3. ^ Anthony Tommasini (18 September 2005). "Classical Recordings: Swirling Currents On a Private Label". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-02-21.
  4. ^ Anne Midgette (12 August 2007). "Classical Recordings: Hotshots Older and Younger; Offstage Opera: Hartke: 'The Greater Good, or The Passion Of Boule de Suif'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-02-21.

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