Conductor Robert Baxter

Robert Baxter is a regular guest conductor for Scottish Ballet, and has conducted The Nutcracker, Coppélia, The Scandal at Mayerling, Dextera, Cinderella and The Snow Queen at theatres throughout the UK. His debut with the RSNO was conducting the British premiere of Gavin Bryars’ Viola Concerto with Morgan Goff at Glasgow’s Tramway and he has also conducted the premiere of the animated film Yoyo and the Little Auk with subsequent performances across Scotland. This season, Robert has conducted the RSNO for various Netflix soundtrack recordings.

Robert has conducted the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra and has been Musical Director for Colours Classical and Belle and Sebastian at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow and for Goodgreef Classical in England. He conducted at Celtic Connections for a BBC TV broadcast from Glasgow Royal Concert Hall with The Chieftains, Kris Kristofferson and Eddi Reader.
Since graduating as a trumpet player from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Robert has worked extensively with all the orchestras in Scotland. Further afield, he has performed with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Tenerife Symphony Orchestra and New London Consort, to mention a few. He studied conducting with Ilan Volkov and Kristian Kluttig.

Robert has led hundreds of youth and community music projects, through which he has commissioned and premiered many new works, toured internationally and made numerous recordings. He is presently the creative lead for RSNO All Together Now, and is Musical Director of the Glasgow Chamber Orchestra and the Dunbartonshire Concert Band. He has been course director for NYOS Spring Academy, conducted the Gadfly Project with Dance House at Glasgow’s Theatre Royal and regularly guest conducts other community and regional youth orchestras. In 2021 he was delighted to receive the award from Making Music for the Best Instrumental Musical Director in recognition for his pioneering work involving online music making during the pandemic.

Robert is the Artistic Director and Trustee of Kessington Hall, a new rehearsal and performance arts venue in the north of Glasgow, and is currently chair of the trustees of the Scottish Schools Orchestra Trust.