About Robert Markow

As the project writer for the NAC musicbox TIMELINE, Robert Markow contributed a glossary, a series of contextual essays relating to the history of music, most of the composer biographies and all the concert program notes he originally wrote for the NAC Orchestra concerts, a service he has been providing since 1995. The curatorial flair he brings to the educational content is marked by vivid prose and a stylish sense of wit.

Robert Markow's musical career began as a horn player in the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Still living in Montreal, he now writes program notes for that orchestra as well as for the National Arts Centre Orchestra, I Musici de Montréal, the Orford Festival, the Festival de Lanaudière, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. He has also written for the major orchestras of Toronto, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, Kansas City, St. Louis, Baltimore and Detroit. Mr. Markow has been a regular contributor to numerous journals, including Opera News, Opera (London), Opus (Toronto) The Strad, Strings, American Record Guide and Fanfare. As a journalist he also covers the music scenes in such far-flung locales as Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand. He lectured on music at Montreal's McGill University for over 25 years and, as a Wagner specialist, has lectured at the Bayreuth Festival in Germany and in New York. His extra-musical interests include travel, film, literature, fine wines and decadent desserts.