Robertson, Stewart (John)

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Robertson, Stewart (John)

Robertson, Stewart (John) , Scottish conductor and pianist; b. Glasgow, May 22, 1948. He studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music in Glasgow (1965–69), the Univ. of Bristol (1969–70), the Vienna Academy of Music (1975)-and the Salzburg Mozarteum (1977). His conducting mentors were Suitner and Swarowsky; also studied piano with Denis Matthews. In 1968–69 he was asst. chorus master of Glasgow’s Scottish Opera and of the Edinburgh Festival. After serving as chorus master of the London City Singers (1970–72), he conducted at the Cologne Opera (1972–75). In 1975–76 he was music director of the Tanz Forum at the Zürich Opera, and then of the Scottish Opera Touring Co. (1976–79). From 1979 to 1982 he was music director of the Hidden Valley Chamber Orch. in Calif. From 1980 to 1988 he was assoc. conductor and director of the apprentice artists program of the Des Moines Metro Opera. In 1984–85 he was music director of the Mid-Columbia Sym. Orch., and in 1985–86 asst. conductor of the Oakland (Calif.) Sym. Orch. He subsequently was music director of the Santa Fe (N.Mex.) Sym. Orch. (from 1986), the Glimmerglass Opera in N.Y. (from 1987), and the Fla. Grand Opera (from 1986).

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