David Robertson, Music Director
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 2015, Robertson launches his 11th season as Music Director of the 136-year-old St. Louis Symphony. In January 2014, Robertson assumed the post of Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in Australia.
Highlights of the 2015-16 season with the St. Louis Symphony include a California tour in January and February, featuring Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 and Messiaen’s Des canyons aux étoiles... (From the Canyons to the Stars...), with accompanying video imagery by photographer Deborah O’Grady. Also on the California tour will be soloist Timothy McAllister performing John Adams’s Saxophone Concerto. The concerto was part of the latest Symphony recording, City Noir, on Nonesuch, which received the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance. Other highlights for Robertson and the St. Louis Symphony are the U.S. premiere of Tan Dun’s Contrabass Concerto: The Wolf, featuring Principal Double Bass Erik Harris, and John Adams’s most recent symphony for violin, Scheherazade.2, performed by Leila Josefowicz.
In 2014-15 Robertson led the Symphony back to Carnegie Hall, performing Meredith Monk’s WEAVE for Carnegie’s celebration of the artist, as well as Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. Zachary Woolfe of the New York Times wrote: “Mr. Robertson led a ferociously focused performance of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, the phrasing taut but natural as breathing.”
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.