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 Orchestra (Indonesia), the Baroque on Beaver Island Music Festival (Northern Michigan) and the Lake Forest Civic Orchestra (Chicago). Hehas appeared with the Grand Rapids Symphony, the Orquestra Juvenal de Mar del Plata (Argentina), the Masterworks Festival Orchestra and Chorus, Nusantara Symphony (Jakarta, Indonesia) the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute Orchestra, the Cedardell Opera Festival 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).
2018-19 season includes works by Beethoven (Symphony 5, Emperor Concerto) Vaughan Williams (Symphony 3) Elgar (Enigma Variations), Handel (Messiah), Copland (A Lincoln Portrait), William Grant Still (Darker America), Ethel Smyth (Serenade in D). This season also will see performances with soloists Hee-Young, cellist (Lalo Cello Concerto), Airin Efferin, pianist soloist (Shostakovich Piano Concerto 2), Kevin Cole, pianist (Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue), Sally Pinkas, pianist (Beethoven, Emperor Concerto), Aryo Wicaksono, pianist (Liszt Totentnaz), Michael Hall, violist (Garrop Krakatoa).
Nordling continues his commitment to new music this year and will conduct World Premieres of commissioned works by Wisnu Filipus (Overture in D for Brass) Marisa Hartanto (Ngasirah), Aksan Sjuman (Dance of the Water Lily), Stacy Garrop (Krakatoa; Concerto for Viola), Kim Dienhelt (Striadica: A Symphonic Passage), and a U.S Premiere of Ana Lara’s Canticum Sacrum.
2018 saw Nordling named as Music Director of the Shoreline Music Society. 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.
A sought out clinician and educator, Robert performs orchestra clinics, music educational workshops and master classes in schools in the USA and abroad. He leads the Bandung Philharmonic Conducting Fellows program which trains young Indonesian conductors in Master Classe and performance. 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 Zokovsky. 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 the 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, English poetry, science fiction, Indian food, furniture-making, Welsh Terriers, Tom Waits, Gustav Mahler, Cherith Nordling and espresso coffee.