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12.05.14
Sir Andrew Davis, Giancarlo Guerrero, Ludovic Morlot, David Robertson, Robert Spano, Daniil Trifonov, Jennifer Koh, Gidon Kremer, Anoushka Shankar, Wu Man, Mason Bates, Rosanne Cash, Julianna Di Giacomo, Tamara Mumford, New York Polyphony
2015 GRAMMY NOMINEES
Grammy.com
07.22.14
David Robertson, Gil Shaham
David Robertson and Gil Shaham join the NYOUSA for a summer tour
NYOUSA
12.13.13
David Robertson, Christine Goerke, Anthony Dean Griffey
So Much Operatic Life, and a Fatality
The New York Times
11.24.13
David Robertson, Anthony Dean Griffey
Music Review: Meeting Village Ostracism With Repressed Rage
The New York Times
05.14.12
David Robertson
SYDNEY SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES NEW CHIEF CONDUCTOR AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR – DAVID ROBERTSON
Sydney Symphony
10.16.11
David Robertson, James Ehnes, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Robertson, SLSO triumph in complex new concerto
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
06.11.11
David Robertson
She Can Be Tender, but She May Be a Killer, Too
The New York Times
12.19.10
David Robertson, Orli Shaham
New World Symphony bids farewell to the Lincoln Theatre in final concerts
South Florida Classical Review
04.20.10
David Robertson, Gil Shaham, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Review: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
San Francisco Chronicle
04.06.10
David Robertson, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Artful Programming, Immaculately Played
Musical America
02.26.10
David Robertson, Gil Shaham
The Dubious Sounds of Nature
ConcertoNet.com
02.26.10
David Robertson, Gil Shaham
Sam, Gil, Bela, David, Maurice
New York Daily News
02.20.10
David Robertson, Nicolas Hodges
The Toe-Tapping Starts at the Podium
The New York Times
11.21.09
Osvaldo Golijov, David Robertson, Christoph Eschenbach
The ten best classical albums of the Noughties
The Times (London)
10.31.09
David Robertson, Colin Currie
David Robertson, Colin Currie and the SLSO issue a wake-up call
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
07.27.09
David Robertson, Orli Shaham
At Tanglewood: Style Points
The Faster Times
04.14.09
David Robertson
David Robertson. Highbrow, Brilliant
New York Magazine
04.06.09
David Robertson
Is That in Your Job Description, Maestro?
The New York Times
03.01.09
David Robertson, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
St. Louis, Chicago come together in music and dance
St. Louis Post Dispatch
02.12.09
David Robertson, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
SAINT LOUIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES 2009-2010 SEASON
01.09.09
David Robertson, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra One Of ITunes Top 10 of 2008
12.19.08
David Robertson, Jeremy Denk
Pianos, Sopranos, Pixels and Puppets
The New York Times
12.08.08
Marin Alsop, David Robertson, Steven Sloane
Alex Ross: The Ten Best Performances of 2008
The New Yorker
10.25.08
David Robertson, Leonidas Kavakos
Hearing a Classical Score With a Contemporary Ear
The New York Times
11.30.05
David Robertson
Conductor Makes the Old New and the New Newer
The New York Times

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 assumed 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.

Mr. Robertson is a frequent guest conductor with major orchestras and opera houses around the world. In the 2013-14 season, in addition to launching his first year at the helm of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, David Robertson conducts the U.S. premiere of  Nico Muhly’s Two Boys in a new production at The Metropolitan Opera and appears with orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Symphony.  He also leads Ensemble ACJW at Carnegie Hall and leads 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 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 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.                    

A champion of young musicians, David Robertson has devoted time to working with students and young artists throughout his career. In spring 2013 he joined John Adams in leading a Carnegie Hall Training Workshop titled “The 21st-Century American Contemporary Ensemble.” 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.                              

Over the last two and a half decades, Robertson has held several postings abroad. Prior to his St. Louis Symphony and Sydney Symphony appointments, Mr. 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 Mr. 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 recording with the St. Louis Symphony of the Doctor Atomic Symphony for Nonesuch, which the London Times named “Classical CD of the Decade.”  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, Mr. 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 Mr. Robertson Conductor of the Year for 2000. In 1997, he received the Seaver/National Endowment for the Arts Conductors Award, the premier prize of its kind, given to exceptionally gifted American conductors. He holds honorary doctorates from the 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.  Mr. Robertson also has two older sons.

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