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Robert Hart Baker


A former student of Herbert Von Karajan and Leonard Bernstein and a graduate of the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Robert Hart Baker is one of the most experienced conductors of his generation, with a vast repertoire from Bach to Stravinsky. Among the more than 1000 concerts he has led have been complete cycles of the Beethoven, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Schumann and Tchaikovsky symphonies and Strauss tone poems, the major symphonies of Shostakovich, Mahler, Dvorak, Haydn, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Schubert, and the main orchestral works of Debussy, Ravel, Poulenc and Ernest Bloch. As a guest conductor he has appeared with many American orchestras, including Billings, Chattanooga, Cheyenne, Flagstaff, Harrisburg, Muskegon, Providence, Quincy, and Radio City Music Hall to name but a few.   Read More


“Conductors like Mr. Baker do not happen every day, unfortunately.”
-Christian Science Monitor

“The performances of the evening were all of superior quality.”
-The New York Times

“His beat is economical and clear, and he got some splendid playing from the orchestra. The highlight of the evening was a near stupefying performance of Copland’s Organ Symphony--- much better, in fact, than the one extant recording of it [by Leonard Bernstein]”
-The New York Daily News

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