Music Director and Conductor Robert Baldwin
Robert Baldwin is Music Director and Conductor for the Salt Lake Symphony and Director of Orchestras and Professor of Conducting at the University of Utah. He is also the founding conductor for Sinfonia Salt Lake, a professional chamber orchestra that made its critically acclaimed debut in 2016. He has appeared across the North America, Europe and Asia as a conductor and viola player. International conducting appearances include the Hunan Symphony in China, Busan Maru International Music Festival in South Korea, Eutin Festspiele in Germany, Kuopio Academy of Music in Finland, and the Hermitage Camerata in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and tours with the University of Utah Chamber Orchestra to London, Vienna, Graz and Salzburg. In demand as a guest conductor and clinician, he also has conducted performances with the Great Falls Symphony, Lafayette Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, Lexington Singers, Flagstaff Festival of the Arts, Abilene Tri-Collegiate Opera, and numerous All-State and regional festival orchestras across the U.S.A. His performances and ensembles have received international attention and have been featured on New York’s WQXR Classical Radio, and nationally broadcast radio programs, including Performance Today, Highway 89 and Weekend Edition. Dr. Baldwin’s preconcert talks and community music classes are popular mainstays of the Utah Arts scene. His award-winning blog on music and creativity is Before the Downbeat.
Also an active violist and viola d’amore player, 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 with Vivaldi Virtuosi (UT), the Sedona Chamber Music Festival (AZ), the Eutin Festspiele (Germany), and as a soloist with several orchestras in the western US. He was violist of the Arizona-based Coconino Chamber Ensemble from 1989-1999, and was principal violist for the Flagstaff Symphony, Arkansas Symphony, and Arizona Opera. Recent solo appearances on viola and viola d’amore include recitals in the United States, Germany and Mexico.
Previously, he has held faculty and conducting positions at the University of Kentucky, Lexington Philharmonic, New American Symphony, Flagstaff Symphony and Northern Arizona University. Dr. Baldwin studied conducting in the United States and in Saint Petersburg, Russia, holding degrees in viola performance from the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Iowa, and a DMA in orchestral conducting from the University of Arizona. He makes his home in Salt Lake City, Utah where, in his spare time, he enjoys reading, writing, hiking, and spending time with his family.
Assistant Conductor Matthew Mainella
Matthew Mainella is a conductor, composer, arranger, and educator. He has led professional, community, college, and youth orchestras, wind bands, choirs, and multiple stage productions. Before coming to the Salt Lake City area, Mr. Mainella served asAssistant Conductor of the Valdosta (GA) Symphony Orchestra, and wasMusic Director of the Peach State Summer Theatre, designated the Official Musical Theatre of the State of Georgia. This past year he was a guest conductor in the American Guild of Organists’ Western Region convention. Also in 2017 he led premieres of several new works written by University of Utah composition students. Mr. Mainella is Principal Conductor of the University of Utah Campus Symphony Orchestra.
A Connecticut native, Mr. Mainella has musical roots in piano and trumpet performance. As an undergraduate at the University of Connecticut, he regularly joined the brass sections of the UConn Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra, and award-winning Wind Ensemble. He has served as a section trumpet player in the Utah Philharmonia for the past three years. When time allows, he enjoys exploring contemporary aesthetics and philosophies of music performance, and sometimes composes short instrumental and/or vocal works. Recently he set words from Whitman’sSong of the Open Road to music for choir and strings. During his time at UConn he composed and produced a full-length studio album featuring works for voice, trumpet, piano, and various small ensembles.
Mr. Mainella is strongly devoted to music education at all levels. From 2010 - 2013 he conducted and coached students of the South Georgia String Project as Assistant Conductor of the Valdosta Symphony Youth Orchestra. Mr. Mainella spent three years teaching music courses at South Georgia State College and Georgia Military College. He has coached student conductors, instrumentalists, and singers, and his current role as Teaching Assistant at the University of Utah’s School of Music allows him many opportunities to perform with students on a regular basis.
Mr. Mainella earned theBachelor of Music degree in music theory from the University of Connecticut, graduatingmagna cum laude in 2009,and the Master of Music Performance degree in orchestral conducting from Valdosta State University. He was recognized as the 2011-2012 Outstanding Graduate Student in VSU’s Department of Music for his achievement as a student of the arts. He will complete his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in instrumental conducting at the University of Utah in 2018.
An avid outdoorsman and Eagle Scout, Mr. Mainella’s favorite pastimes include tent camping, snowboarding, hiking, and storm chasing. He also enjoys photography, astronomy, and painting. He has camped in twenty-four states, and has summited Mount Washington, the northeastern United States’ highest peak, five times. This past summer he completed a 4,500-mile Northwest U.S. road trip, camping in California’s redwoods, Washington’s cool temperate rainforests, and Montana’s pristine Rocky Mountains along the way.
Resident Conductor Jong-hun Bae
Jong-hun Bae is an Assistant Conductor for the Salt Lake Symphony and the Utah Philharmonia, also a Chief Conductor for the University Campus Symphony at the University of Utah. He has worked with several conductors including Marin Alsop, Christian Badea, Oliver von Dohananyi, Hans Graf and others. Further conducting studies have been with Kenneth Kiesler, Jorma Panula, Donald Thulean, Daniel Sommerville and others.
Jong-hun made his Carnegie Hall debut in March 2009. His European debut was in March 2006 celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of Mozart in such cities as Vienna, Salzburg, and Vienna in Austria. He also has conducted the Simfonica a Filarmonicii “Mihail Jora” in Bacau, Romania.
His previous engagements include Assistant Conductor for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Baltimore Opera Company, and the Conductor for the World Premiere of “A Collection in Concert” in Glens Falls, NY and the World Premiere of the Opera “The Yellow Wallpaper” in Baltimore.
In his native Korea, Jong-hun has been Artistic and Music Director for the Ensemble “Ka-rang” and the Assistant Conductor for the Pusan National University Orchestra, before coming to the US in 2004.
He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Utah, studying with Robert Baldwin. He holds a BM in Composition from the Pusan National University in Korea, a MM in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Utah, and a GPD in Orchestral Conducting from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. His conducting teachers include Marin Alsop, Gustav Meier, Robert Baldwin, Robert Gutter, Markand Thakar, and Harold Weller.