A consummate musician, masterful programmer, and dynamic presence, David Robertson has established himself as one of today’s most sought-after American conductors. He has forged close relationships with major orchestras around the world through his exhilarating music-making and stimulating ideas. In fall 2012, Mr. Robertson launched his eighth season as music director of the 133-year-old St. Louis Symphony, and in January 2014 he will become chief conductor and artistic director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in Australia.
In September 2012 the St. Louis Symphony and David Robertson embarked on a European tour, which included appearances at London’s BBC Proms, the Berlin and Lucerne Festivals, and Paris’s Salle Pleyel. The tour, which featured violinist Christian Tetzlaff as soloist, marked the orchestra’s first European engagements since 1998 and first ever with music director David Robertson. In March 2013 they return to California for their second tour of the season, which includes an intensive three-day residency at the University of California–Davis and a performance at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts with violinist James Ehnes as soloist. The orchestra will also perform at venues in Costa Mesa, Palm Desert, and Santa Barbara, with St. Louis Symphony principal flute Mark Sparks as soloist.
Mr. Robertson is a frequent guest conductor with major orchestras and opera houses around the world. During the 2012–13 season he appears with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and San Francisco Symphony, as well as internationally with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bavarian and Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestras, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and Ensemble Intercontemporain. In past seasons he has appeared with the Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, and, internationally, with the Berlin Philharmonic, Dresden Staatskapelle, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, among others.
With more than 45 operas in his repertoire, Mr. Robertson, who returned to The Metropolitan Opera in October 2012 for Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, has appeared at many of the world’s most prestigious opera houses, including Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Opéra de Lyon, Bavarian Staatsoper, Théâtre du Châtelet, Hamburg Staatsoper, Santa Fe Opera, and San Francisco Opera.
Born in California, David Robertson was educated at London’s Royal Academy of Music, where he studied horn and composition before turning to orchestral conducting, and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. He made his New York Philharmonic debut in April–May 2001, and his most recent appearance was in June 2012 conducting CONTACT!, the Philharmonic’s new-music series.