Dwight Oltman is in his thirty-first year of conducting ballet. During that time he has been an associate of Dennis Nahat at Cleveland Ballet, San Jose Cleveland Ballet and Ballet San Jose and has conducted most of the premieres of his ballets.
His repertoire also includes the works of many other distinguished choreographers. Highlights of his career include New York performances at the American Festival of Dance and a week of conducting at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland.
Oltman has accompanied a long list of outstanding dancers, including Cynthia Gregory and Rudolf Nureyev.
Other ballet companies he has conducted include Atlanta Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Oakland Ballet. He has also conducted for the USA International Ballet Competition.
As a symphony orchestra conductor he has appeared from coast to coast in America, in Canada, and in seven European countries. He served for twenty years as Music Director of the Ohio Chamber Orchestra and currently serves as Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra at the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music.
Nationally recognized as a Bach conductor, he has been Music Director of the Baldwin-Wallace Bach Festival for thirty-one years. The second oldest Bach festival in North America, it joined with the Bethlehem Bach Choir in April, 2007 for a performance of the B Minor Mass at Cleveland’s Severance Hall as maestro Oltman conducted for their 75th anniversary celebration.
Photo by Christian Steiner