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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, 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.

A champion of young musicians, David Robertson has devoted time to working with students and young artists throughout his career. In 2013 he joined John Adams in leading a Carnegie Hall Training Workshop titled “The 21st-Century American Contemporary Ensemble,” and also led the young Ensemble ACJW in concert at Carnegie. In addition to creating and leading many outreach programs with the Ensemble Intercontemporain and the Orchestre National de Lyon, Robertson also has worked with students at Carnegie Hall’s Academy, the Paris Conservatory, The Juilliard School, Tanglewood, National Orchestral Institute in Maryland, and Aspen Music Festival and School. 

Over the last two and a half decades, Robertson has held several postings abroad. Prior to his St. Louis Symphony and Sydney Symphony appointments, Robertson was Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra from 2005-2012, and was the first artist ever to hold simultaneously the posts of Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon and Artistic Director of that city’s Auditorium, positions he maintained from 2000-2004. From 1992-2000 he was Music Director of the Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris (whose Honorary President Pierre Boulez was one of Robertson’s early supporters), and between 1985-1987 he served as Resident Conductor of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. 

David Robertson has made numerous recordings for Sony Classical, Naive, EMI/Virgin Classics, Deutsche Grammophon, Atlantic/Erato, Nuema, Adès, Valois and Naxos, in addition to his recent recordings with the St. Louis Symphony for Nonesuch, one of which, the Doctor Atomic Symphony, was named “Classical CD of the Decade” by the London Times. His download-only “Live from Powell Hall” releases recorded with the St. Louis Symphony include works by Adams, Scriabin, and Szymanowski. Other recordings feature works by such composers as Bartók, Boulez, Carter, Dusapin, Dvorák, Ginastera, Lalo, Milhaud, Reich, Saint-Saëns, and Silvestrov.


Born in Santa Monica, California, Robertson was educated at London’s Royal Academy of Music, where he studied horn and composition before turning to orchestral conducting. David Robertson received Columbia University’s 2006 Ditson Conductor’s Award, and he and the St. Louis Symphony are recipients of several major awards from ASCAP and the League of American Orchestras, including the 2008-09 Award for Programming of Contemporary Music, and the 2005-06 Morton Gould Award for Innovative Programming. Musical America named Robertson Conductor of the Year for 2000. In 1997, he received the Seaver/National Endowment for the Arts Conductors Award, the premiere prize of its kind, given to exceptionally gifted American conductors. He holds honorary doctorates from the Washington University in St. Louis (2014), University of Missouri-St. Louis (2011), Westminster Choir College (2010), Webster University (2009) and Maryville University (2007). In 2010 he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the most prestigious honorary societies in the United States, and that same year received the Excellence in the Arts award from the St. Louis Arts and Education Council. In 2011, David Robertson was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He and his wife, pianist Orli Shaham, are parents of twin boys. Robertson also has two older sons.

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