Obituary: Conductor Stewart Robertson Dies at 75

By Francisco Salazar

Scottish conductor Stewart Robertson has died at the age of 75.

Born on May 22, 1948, in Glasgow, Scotland, he attended the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and Bristol University. He studied piano in London with Denis Matthews and studied 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. He went on to serve as Music Director of the Zurich Ballet and Scottish Opera Touring Company.

In the 80s, he served as conductor of the San Jose Symphony Youth Orchestra and was Music Director of Glimmerglass Opera from 1988 to 2006.

From 1998 to 2009, he served as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Florida Grand Opera in Miami. In 2005, he became the conductor of the Atlantic Classical Orchestra in Florida and from 2005 to 2008, he was Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Opera Omaha.

Throughout his career, he was featured on numerous broadcasts including productions for the New York City Opera on Live from Lincoln Center. He was also 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.

His recording for Bennett’s “The Mines Of Sulphur” was nominated for Best Opera Recording at the Grammys. He also recorded Stephen Hartke’s opera “The Greater Good” for Naxos.