Robert Baldwin is Music Director for the Salt Lake Symphony and Director of Orchestral Activities at the University of Utah. He also serves as Music Director for Sinfonia Salt Lake, a professional chamber orchestra, and is the conductor for the Utah Arts Festival Composer Commissions.  Outside Utah, he is the conductor of UK Opera Theatre’s It’s a Grand Night for Singing, and is a visiting performing professor at Wuhan University in China. Previously, he has held conducting positions at the University of Kentucky, Lexington Philharmonic, New American Symphony, Flagstaff Symphony and Northern Arizona University Orchestras.

Rob’s writing includes published works on music and poetry. He also writes fiction, memoir, and essay. His poetry has appeared in Poetry Quarterly, Haiku Journal, Grey Sparrow Journal, Three-Line Poetry, and Utah Life Magazine, among others. Scholarly articles have appeared in the Journal of the College Orchestra Directors Association (CODA), the American String Teacher Journal, and include a chapter in the book, Playing the Viola.

Guest conducting appearances include the Hunan Symphony, Wuhan Conservatory and Wuhan University Orchestras in China, Busan International Music Festival in South Korea, Eutin Music Festival in Germany, the Kuopio Academy of Music in Finland, the Great Falls Symphony, the Lafayette Symphony, the 2006 Mozart Orchestra Festival in Austria, and the Hermitage Camerata Symphony in Saint Petersburg, Russia.  Also active as a performer on viola and viola d’amore, he has performed recitals in Germany, Mexico and the U.S., and has performed as a guest performer with the St. Petersburg Quartet, the Stanford Quartet, and the Amadeus Trio.   His performances have received international attention and have been featured on New York’s WQXR Classical Radio, and nationally syndicated public radio programs such as Performance Today, Highway 89 and Weekend Edition. In his spare time he enjoys writing, reading and spending time outdoors in Utah’s wild places.

Rob regularly makes guest appearances as a conductor, viola and viola d’amore player, and as a speaker on a variety of subjects, musical and extra-musical.  For inquiries on performances, master classes and speaking engagements, please contact him directly at:

10 thoughts on “Bio

  1. I’m delighted to have found your blog. Though my focus is on writing, I’ve enjoyed having my own understanding of creativity and imagination nourished by the photographers, painters and musicians around me. I rarely write about music, but do think you might enjoy the account of my encounter with the violinist Charles Treger, many years ago.

    I spent a wonderful year living in Salt Lake City in the late ’70s. More than a few Sunday afternoons were passed at a little burger, beer and bluegrass joint up one of the canyons, where I became a passable player of spoons.

  2. You write beautifully and clearly about the complexities and parallels of music. I love reading about your insights into the culture and spirit of music and the profound effects that it has on human beings. I am greatly looking forward to your next entry!

  3. I feel almost embarrassed to be commenting on your blog because I have zero musical knowledge. However I am going to keep returning because I can hope to learn something or be openned to new appreciation. I just ask that you occasionally remember the uninformed among us as you blog! 🙂 Wow to your career and achievements. I will also endeavour to get to your other blog about your son as in this area I am not uninformed and I also have a daughter who is a psychologist who is currently placed at a clinic specializing in working with Autism. Go well.

  4. I found your blog by chance after searching WordPress in depth for blogs about classical music and opera. My own blog is all about singing, mostly opera, but I’m interested to find opera lovers and performers in America with whom we could share ideas, comments and so forth. I’d like to keep in touch. Thanks. Lloyd

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