San Francisco Classical Voice:
"Nothing short of miraculous. The sheer excitement of witnessing such extraordinary music making was an experience to be remembered."
The Boston Musical Intelligencer:
“A fascinatingly vibrant conductor … Daniel Stewart’s enthusiasm and precision made for an engaging interpretation”
The New York Times:
"This was his night to conduct Mavra, and he drew colorful playing from the orchestra."
"Unfortunately, Salonen couldn’t conduct it for us. He has an engagement at the Paris Opera exactly at the same time, so I asked him for recommendations for a conductor. He recommended Daniel Stewart, music director of the Santa Cruz Symphony, and now he is coming to guest conduct the whole show and make sure it’s tip-top."
The Patriot Ledger:
"Strong and vibrant, amazingly energized"
"It is indeed impressive when a young conductor makes musical magic on the podium and transforms the vast ideas of a composer such as Gustav Mahler into unremitting musical intensity. To compound this intensity, once again Maestro Daniel Stewart conducted this masterpiece [symphony no. 2] from memory!"
Santa Cruz Sentinel:
"There was a buzz in the air … The might and vitality which Stewart brought out of the orchestra was just outrageous - in a fantastic way!
"Highly successful. Something to behold … It was all incredibly stunning. People around me were literally jumping out of their seats.”
Performing Arts Monterey Bay:
"The audience was gobsmacked; you could hear the gasps of people starting to breathe again. Maestro Daniel Stewart has shown how great an orchestra like the Santa Cruz Symphony can be. Clearly, he’s the real deal…..the quality of great music here is almost beyond belief."
Local Santa Cruz:
“Along with the many virtues of his conducting, Stewart shines as an instrumentalist and composer. Santa Cruz can expect world class performances, a vast orchestral repertoire, and transformative musical experiences.”