From humble beginnings in Delta, B.C, Aaron started his musical journey at the age of 4 on the piano, studying with Maureen Edwards. He took...
Stuart Martin is one of Canada's new emerging artists. Known for conducting and producing operas in found spaces, he is determined to expand the possibilities of classical music. Stuart began his training on the piano and cello, and during his time at the University of British Columbia, he began studying orchestral conducting. In 2013 Stuart was an assistant conductor at Opera NUOVA, and that is where his love of opera began. He met Jessica Derventzis, a director, and together they formed Stu&Jess Productions. They went on to produce The Medium, Le Docteur Miracle, and L'heure Espagnole. They were then hired together at NUOVA for the Canadian Premiere of Ned Rorem's Our Town. In 2016 he returned to NUOVA for Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi and in April Stu&Jess are producing Britten’s Turn of the Screw in Toronto.
Stuart has also worked with Vancouver Academy of Music as an opera coach and conductor for their 2014-15 year. He then became the music director for White Rock Community Orchestra before starting his Master of Orchestral Conducting under the guidance of Donald Schleicher. Stuart was the Assistant Conductor of the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra and graduated with his Master’s in 2017. In 2018 season, Stuart will become the Music Director and Conductor of Surrey City Orchestra.