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 2016/17 season includes performances of Brahms Symphony No. 2, Mendelssohn’s Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 ‘Pastorale’ and Triple Concerto, Tchaikovsky’s Suite from Swan Lake, and Marquez’ Danzon No. 2 with the Bandung Philharmonic; Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8, Bartok’s Hungarian Sketches, Prokofiev’s Lt. Kije, William Grant Still’s Darker America and Copland’s Appalachian Spring with the Lake Forest Civic Orchestra; as well as Mozart’s Symphony No. 39, Handel’s Dixit Dominus, Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, at the Baroque on Beaver Island Music Festival in Northern Michigan. He also appears with the Nusantara Symphony Orchestra in Jakarta, Indonesia in September conducting a a concert of Opera repertoire.
This season will also see Nordling conducting World Premieres of commissioned works by Singgih Sanjaya, Budhi Ngura, Marisa Hartanto and Fauzie Wiriadisastra (Bandung Philharmonic); Mara Gibson (Baroque on Beaver Island Festival); and Daniel Zlatkin (Lake Forest Civic Orchestra). World Premieres in 2018 include Krakatoa; Concerto for Viola by Stacy Garrop (Bandung Philharmonic and Baroque on Beaver Island, Michael Hall viola soloist) and 2 Commissioned works by Woman Composers for the Lake Forest Civic Orchestra in May 2018.
Robert has released recordings of Beethoven Symphony No. 6, Brahms Symphony No. 2, St. Saens Symphony No. 3 and Brahms’ Schicksalslied with the Calvin Orchestra. His recording of Mahler Symphony No. 1, the ‘Titan’ won a Telly Award in May of 2008, and his recording of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 has recently been released on DVD.
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.