For the NACmusicbox.ca, Robert Markow has contributed a glossary, a series of contextual essays relating to the history of music, many of the composer biographies and the program notes he originally wrote for the NAC Orchestra concerts featured in the NACmusicbox.ca, 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. 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 (particularly Southeast Asia and Australia), film, literature, fine wines and decadent desserts.