Music Director and Conductor Robert Baldwin
Appointed as Music Director of the Salt Lake Symphony in 2005, Robert Baldwin is also Director of Orchestras and Professor of Conducting at the University of Utah, and conductor for UK Opera Theatre’s It’s a Grand Night for Singing. Previously, he has held conducting positions at the University of Kentucky, Lexington Philharmonic, New American Symphony, Flagstaff Symphony and Northern Arizona University.
Dr. Baldwin has conducted concerts across the United States and Europe. International appearances include the Eutin Music Festival in Germany, Kuopio Academy of Music in Finland, and the Hermitage Camerata in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Tours with the University of Utah Chamber Orchestra include London, England in 2012, and Vienna, Graz and Salzburg for the 2006 Mozart Orchestra Festival. In demand as a conductor and clinician, he also has conducted performances with the Lafayette Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, Flagstaff Festival of the Arts, Abilene Tri-Collegiate Opera, and numerous All-State and regional orchestras across the U.S. His performances and ensembles have received national attention and were featured on National Public Radio’s Performance Today and Weekend Edition. His blog on music and creativity, Before the Downbeat, can be viewed at Before The Downbeat.
Also an accomplished violist, he has had a variety of experiences, including guest appearances with the Amadeus Trio, and both the Saint Petersburg and Stanford String Quartets, as well as the Sedona Chamber Music Festival. He was violist of the Arizona-based Coconino Chamber Ensemble from 1989-1999, and has been principal violist for the Flagstaff Symphony, Arkansas Symphony, and Arizona Opera. Recent solo appearances on viola and viola d’amore include recitals and concerto performances in the United States, Germany and Mexico.
Dr. Baldwin has studied conducting in the United States and in Saint Petersburg, Russia. He holds degrees from the University of Northern Colorado, University of Iowa, and the University of Arizona. Conducting teachers have included Mikhail Kukushkin, Alexander Polishuk, James Dixon, Duilio Dobrin, Eugene Corporon, and Gregg Hanson. He studied viola with Vernon Ashcraft, Ronald Smith, William Preucil, Sr., and Jeffrey Showell. His wife, Maria is also a violist and music educator, and performs in the Salt Lake Symphony. He makes his home in Salt Lake City, Utah where, in his spare time, he enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with family and dogs.
Assistant Conductor Claudia Restrepo
A native from Colombia, Claudia Restrepo is pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at University of Utah under the instruction of Dr. Robert Baldwin. She serves as principal conductor of the University Campus Symphony and assistant conductor of the Utah Philharmonia and Salt Lake Symphony. During her first year at the U, Restrepo served as cover conductor for the ballet production of Prokofiev’s Cinderella. She recently graduated from her masters at University of Northern Iowa under the instruction of Dr. Rebecca Burkhart.
During her time at UNI, she served as music director of the Northern Iowa Youth Orchestra and was the assistant conductor of the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra. She conducted several performances with this orchestra, including part of the concert during the Orchestra’s tour to Brazil in 2014. While pursuing her master degree, Restrepo had the opportunity to conduct a performance of the Northern Iowa Bach Cantata Series and several performances of the Symphonic Band. She also was an active member of the different ensembles as an oboist.
From 2009 to 2011, Restrepo was appointed Music Director of the Junior Orchestra at Comfenalco School of Music in Cartagena, Colombia, and she also taught oboe and saxophone at the same school from 2005 to 2011. She has participated in different workshops and master classes including the Conducting Weekend at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester (UK), the Conductors Institute of South Carolina, and the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Conducting Fellowship, among others. Restrepo holds an Industrial Engineering degree from Tecnologico Comfenalco University in Cartagena, as well as an Oboe Performance degree from the Tolima Conservatory in Ibagué, Colombia.
Resident Conductor Jong-hun Bae
Korean conductor Jong-hun Bae is becoming recognized as a rising young conductor. As his conducting career has been growing internationally, Mr. Bae has conducted in such countries as Austria, England, Republic of Korea, USA and others.
Whether conducting contemporary works or bringing fresh insights to the works by Classical or Romantic composers, Mr. Bae demonstrates consummate musicianship and enthusiastic commitment to the art of music-making - qualities that have endeared him to audiences and musicians alike.
In Spring 2012, Mr. Bae finished his three-year role as Assistant Conductor of the Salt Lake Symphony and the Utah Philharmonia. He also has worked with renowned conductors including Marin Alsop, Christian Badea, Oliver von Dohananyi, Hans Graf and others.
Prior to his positions in Utah, Mr. Bae has assisted at the Baltimore Symphony, the Baltimore Opera Company, the Peabody Chamber Opera, and the Peabody Conservatory of Music Orchestras, where he earned his Graduate Performance Diploma in Orchestral Conducting under the tutelage of Gustav Meier. He has also conducted two World Premiere performances “A Collection in Concert” in Glens Falls, NY and Opera “The Yellow Wallpaper” in Baltimore.
Before coming to the US, Mr. Bae had been Music Director of the Ensemble “Karang” and Assistant Conductor of the Pusan National University Orchestra in Korea.
Born in Pusan, Republic of Korea, Mr. Bae received his Bachelor’s Degree from the Pusan National University in Korea. His Master’s and Doctoral studies were spent at the Universit y of Utah. Currently he is Resident Conductor of the Salt Lake Symphony and Guest Conductor of the Utah Youth Symphonies.