The Maestro

Music Director of the Santa Cruz Symphony, Daniel Stewart is the recipient of the 2010 Aspen Music Festival's James Conlon Conducting Prize. Maestro Stewart has conducted orchestras including: the Saint Louis Symphony, the New World Symphony, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Hessischer Rundfunk Orchester, and the Frankfurt Opern und Museumschaft Orchestra. In the fall of 2012 he was appointed by James Levine as Conductor with the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.

Daniel Stewart is in his fifth year as Music Director of the Santa Cruz Symphony. Mr. Stewart's first four seasons in Santa Cruz have led to great critical acclaim, including the Peninsula Reviews' assertion that "Arguably, the Santa Cruz County Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Stewart has now developed into the finest musical ensemble South of San Francisco and North of Los Angeles."

A protégé of James Levine, Mr. Stewart was invited to join the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program in 2012. In addition to studying privately with Maestro Levine and serving as his sole apprentice conductor, Mr. Stewart's activities at the Metropolitan Opera have included conducting concerts, rehearsals, and coaching singers, on a regular basis.

The recipient of the 2010 Aspen Music Festival's James Conlon Conducting Prize, Mr. Stewart has conducted orchestras including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Hessischer Rundfunk Orchester, the Frankfurt Opern Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the New World Symphony, and the Saint-Louis Symphony. He has previously served as Cover Conductor with the Atlanta Symphony, the New World Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Saint-Louis Symphony, assisting conductors Thomas Adès, Charles Dutoit, Kurt Masur, David Robertson, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Robert Spano, and Michael Tilson Thomas.

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Mr. Stewart has worked closely with contemporary composers such as the late Karlheinz Stockhausen, John Adams, and particularly Thomas Adès, whom he assisted in preparing the Los Angeles Philharmonics "Aspects of Adès" festival in 2011. An avid composer himself, Daniel Stewart's compositions have been performed with the Santa Cruz Symphony and at venues including the Aspen Music Festival, the Tribeca New Music Festival, and the Verbier Festival. A selection of his compositions can be found at youtube.com/danielpatrickstewart.

Immediately after graduating from the Curtis Institute of Music, Mr. Stewart was engaged to direct the Curtis Opera Theater's 2010/2011 season opening production of La Tragédie de Carmen. He subsequently served as Assistant Conductor with the Opera Company of Philadelphia for the US Premiere production of Hans Werner Henze's Phaedra, and has prepared Wozzeck, The Rake's Progress and Il barbiere di Siviglia for the Curtis Opera Theater, and Le nozze di Figaro and Falstaff for the Aspen Opera Theater Company.

Previously, Mr. Stewart has served as principal violist of numerous ensembles, including the New World Symphony, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, and the Verbier Festival and Chamber Orchestras. He has performed as an orchestral musician with the San Francisco Symphony, recorded for EMI with Maxim Vengerov, and toured extensively in over 40 countries.

Maestro Stewart is sponsored in part by the Edy & Joe Henderson Endowment.