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 the recently formed Sinfonia Salt Lake, a professional chamber orchestra; and is the conductor of UK Opera Theatre’s It’s a Grand Night for Singing. Previously, he has held conducting positions at the University of Kentucky, Lexington Philharmonic, New American Symphony, Flagstaff Symphony and Northern Arizona University Orchestras.

Guest conducting appearances include the Hunan Symphony in China, Busan International Music Festival in 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 with the St. Petersburg Quartet, the Stanford Quartet, and the Amadeus Trio.  He makes his home in Salt Lake City, Utah where, in his spare time, he enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with his family (one wife, two kids, two dogs, and a cat). As a writer, he has an award winning blog, Before the Downbeat, and is also a published poet and writer on music.

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:


8 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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