A consummate musician, masterful programmer and dynamic presence, American maestro David Robertson has established himself as one of today’s most sought-after 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 2014, Robertson launches his 10th season as Music Director of the 135-year-old St. Louis Symphony. In January 2014, David Robertson assumed the post of Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in Australia.
To celebrate his decade-long tenure with the St. Louis Symphony in 2014-15, David Robertson will showcase 50 of the orchestra’s musicians in solo or solo ensemble performances throughout the season. Other highlights include a concert performance of Verdi’s Aida featuring video enhancements by S. Katy Tucker (one of a series of such collaborations during the season), and a return to Carnegie Hall with a program featuring the music of Meredith Monk, the season’s holder of Carnegie’s Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair.In 2013-14, David Robertson led the St. Louis Symphony in a Carnegie Hall performance of Britten’s Peter Grimes on the Britten centennial that Anthony Tommasini, in The New York Times, selected as one of the most memorable concerts of the year, and in the spring Nonesuch Records released a disc of the orchestra’s performances of two works by John Adams: City Noir and Saxophone Concerto.
Robertson is a frequent guest conductor with major orchestras and opera houses around the world. In his inaugural year with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, he led them in a seven-city tour of China in June 2014. He also led the summer 2014 U.S. tour of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, a project of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, in cities including Boston and Chicago, culminating in a concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. In the fall of 2014, David Robertson conducts the Metropolitan Opera premiere of John Adams’s The Death of Klinghoffer, and appears with orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Orchestre National de France.In past seasons he has appeared nationally with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, Boston and Chicago Symphonies, and Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, and internationally with the Berlin Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic, among others.
With over 50 operas in his repertoire, Mr. Robertson has appeared at many of the world’s most prestigious opera houses including The Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Opéra de Lyon, Bayerische Staatsoper, Théâtre du Châtelet, Hamburg State Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and San Francisco Opera.
Born in Santa Monica, California, David Robertson was educated at London’s Royal Academy of Music, where he studied horn and composition before turning to orchestral conducting. Robertson is the recipient of numerous awards and honors.
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