Death of a US music director, 79

Death of a US music director, 79


norman lebrecht

May 09, 2017

The daughter of Robert Gutter, former music director of the Springfield Symphony and founder of the International Institute of Conducting, has posted news of his death.

Gutter was director of orchestral activities for the past 20 years at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Born in 1938 in New York City and graduating from Yale, he also studied in Siena with Franco Ferrara.

He was Principal Guest Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of the Ukraine in Kiev from 1996-2000 and subsequently of the Philharmonic Orchestra Mihail Jora of Bacau, Romania.


UPDATE: A conductor mourns her teacher.


  • David Daniels says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of Robert Gutter’s death. He and I were friends and fellow students at Tanglewood back in the mid-1950’s. I had completely lost track of him. Curiously, for some years my daughter was in central North Carolina, and I could have renewed acquaintance with him—if he were there in the right decade!
    I admired him and enjoyed him.

  • Marika Kuzma says:

    I have just found videos of the workshop I attended in Kiev in 1997 and thinking fondly of Robert Gutter. He was specific, demanding, and kind. A generous artist and teacher.

  • Mel says:

    Wondering if Robert Gutter has ties to Madison, WI.