Robert Nordling’s conducting has been characterized as “emphatic”, “dramatic”, and “vivid” with a “fresh and airy quality and a certain elegance” (San Francisco Chronicle). Robert serves as the Music Director of the Bandung Philharmonic (Indonesia), the Baroque on Beaver Island Music Festival (Northern Michigan) and the Lake Forest Civic Orchestra (Chicago). He has appeared with the Grand Rapids Symphony, the Orquestra Juvenal de Mar del Plata (Argentina), the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute Orchestra, the Cedardell Opera Festival Orchestra, the Wheaton Symphony Orchestra, and chamber orchestras in Chicago, San Francisco and England. Robert also founded and was the music director of the Bay Chamber Symphony Orchestra (San Francisco).
Robert’s 2017/18 season includes performances of Mussorgsky - Night on Bald Mountain, Smetana – The Moldau, Shostakovich Symphony No. 1, Tchaikovsky – String Serenade, Dvorak - Cello Concerto in b minor with Hee-Young soloist, Schubert - Symphony No. 8, Shostakovich Piano Concerto 2 with Airin Efferin soloist, Ethel Smyth - Serenade in D, Schumann – Concerto in A minor for Piano with Aryo Wicaksono, soloist, Beethoven - Symphony No. 5, Stravinksy – Dumabarton Oaks Concerto, Bach - Orch Suite 2, Wagner – Die Walküre: Magic Fire Music, Still, William Grant - Darker America , Strauss, Johann, Jr. - On the Beautiful Blue Danube, Bach Cantata 51 with Martha Guth soloist, Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue with Kevin Cole soloist.
This season will also see Nordling conducting World Premieres of commissioned works by Stacy Garrop - Krakatoa; Concerto for Viola (Bandung Philharmonic and Baroque on Beaver Island, Michael Hall viola soloist) Kim Dienhelt – Striadica: A Symphonic Passage (Lake Forest Civic Orchestra), Marisa Sharon Hartanto – work TBA, Fauzie Wiriadistsra – Aki Manggul Awi (Bandung Philharmonic).
2018 also sees Nordling named as Music Director of the Shoreline Music Society based in Western Michigan. Shoreline finds its home in the beautifully renovated Ramsdell Theatre in Manistee, Michigan. The 2018-2019 season will include performances by the Shoreline Chamber Orchestra as well as chamber music and solo concerts.
Robert has released recordings of Beethoven Symphony No. 6, Brahms Symphony No. 2, St. Saens Symphony No. 3, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 and Brahms’ Schicksalslied with the Calvin Orchestra. His recording of Mahler Symphony No. 1, the ‘Titan’ won a Telly Award in May of 2008.
A sought out clinician and educator, Robert performs orchestra clinics, music educational workshops and master classes in schools in the USA and abroad. He has also served on the music faculty of the Calvin College Music Department and Trinity International University where he conducted the orchestras and taught in the areas of music history, music appreciation and conducting.
A native of New Jersey, Robert began his early studies on violin with Stephen Clapp and Paul Zukovsky. Following his undergraduate study at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, he was awarded conducting fellowships to the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute where he worked with Leonard Bernstein, Michael Tilson Thomas, Herbert Blomstedt and Erich Leinsdorf. He also received conducting fellowships from the Oregon Bach Festival to work with Helmuth Rilling and Cedardell Opera Festival to work with Boris Goldovsky. Robert is also an active composer and arranger based in Chicago, and his current interests include Arthurian literature, poetry, English football teams, Indian food, furniture-making, Welsh Terriers, Tom Waits, Gustav Mahler, Cherith Nordling and espresso coffee.