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 2013, Mr. Robertson launches his ninth season as Music Director of the 134-year-old St. Louis Symphony. In January 2014, David Robertson assumes the post of Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in Australia.
In 2012-13, David Robertson led the St. Louis Symphony on two major tours: his first European tour with the orchestra—its first European engagements since 1998—in fall 2012, which included critically-acclaimed appearances at London’s BBC Proms, at the Berlin and Lucerne Festivals, and at Paris’s Salle Pleyel; and a spring 2013 California tour which included a three day residency at the University of California-Davis and performances at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts and venues in Costa Mesa, Palm Desert, and Santa Barbara. Highlights of his 2013-14 season with St. Louis include a return to Carnegie Hall on the centennial of Benjamin Britten’s birth to perform the opera Peter Grimes, and the recording earlier in the fall of a St. Louis Symphony co-commission, John Adams’s Concerto for Saxophone. Nonesuch Records will release the disc featuring the concerto, along with the orchestra’s performance of Adams’s City Noir, in 2014 ... read full bio