A consummate musician, masterful programmer and dynamic presence, David Robertson has established himself as one of today’s most sought-after American conductors. A passionate and compelling communicator with an extensive orchestral and operatic repertoire, he has forged close relationships with major orchestras around the world through his exhilarating music-making and stimulating ideas. In fall 2012, Mr. Robertson launches his eighth season as Music Director of the 133-year-old St. Louis Symphony. In January 2014, David Robertson will assume the post of Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Sydney Symphony in Australia.
In September 2012, the St. Louis Symphony and David Robertson embark on a European tour, which includes appearances at London’s BBC Proms, at the Berlin and Lucerne Festivals, and culminates at Paris’s Salle Pleyel. Violinist Christian Tetzlaff is the featured soloist for this tour, which marks the Symphony’s first European engagements since 1998 and first ever with music director David Robertson. In March 2013 Robertson and his orchestra return to California for their second tour of the season, which includes an intensive three day residency at the University of California-Davis and performance at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, with violinist James Ehnes as soloist. The orchestra will also perform at venues in Costa Mesa, Palm Desert and Santa Barbara, with St. Louis Symphony Principal Flute, Mark Sparks, as soloist.
In addition to his current position with the St. Louis Symphony, Mr. Robertson is a frequent guest conductor with major orchestras and opera houses around the world. During the 2012-13 season he appears with prestigious U.S. orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and San Francisco Symphony, as well as internationally with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, and Ensemble Intercontemporain. In past seasons he has appeared nationally with the Boston and Chicago Symphonies, Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, and internationally with the Berlin Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and Sydney and Melbourne Symphonies, among others. ... read full bio