Mr. Stuart Martin directed the orchestra during its 2015 - 2016 concert year. He will be greatly missed, and we wish him well in his upcoming move to Chicago, as he pursues his Master’s Degree in Music at the University of Illinois in Chicago.
As both conductor and pianist, Stuart received his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of British Columbia under the tutelage of Dr. Terrance Dawson in piano, and Dr. Robert Taylor for conducting.
In his last year, he was Assistant Conductor of The UBC Concert Winds.
Stuart has also been student of Dr. Mark Shapiro at the European American Musical Alliance in Paris, France.
In 2013, Stuart was the assistant conductor for Opera NUOVA’s “Don Giovanni”, and an assistant conductor at Accademia Europea Dell'Opera (AEDO) for “La Bohème”.
During his time at NUOVA and AEDO he met Jessica Derventzis, and together they created Stu&Jess Productions, a chamber opera company. For their inaugural season, they produced Menotti’s “The Medium” and Bizet’s “Le Docteur Miracle” in Montreal. Just recently, they produced Ravel’s “L’Heure Espangole.” They also commissioned and premiered a new opera, “La Gioconda”, in which Stuart wrote the libretto and another NUOVA alumni, Pasquale D’Alessio, composed the music.