In the fall of 2013 David Robertson launched his ninth season as music director of the 134-year-old St. Louis Symphony. In January 2014 he assumes the post of chief conductor and artistic director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in Australia.
In the 2013–14 season Mr. Robertson conducted the United States premiere of Nico Muhly’s Two Boys in a new production at The Metropolitan Opera, and appears with numerous orchestras including Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Symphony. He also conducts 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. Other season highlights with St. Louis included a return to Carnegie Hall on the centennial of Benjamin Britten’s birth to conduct the opera Peter Grimes, and the earlier recording of John Adams’s Concerto for Saxophone, a St. Louis Symphony co-commission. In 2014 Nonesuch Records will release the disc, which will feature the concerto along with the orchestra’s performance of Adams’s City Noir.
In the fall of 2012 Mr.Robertson led the St. Louis Symphony on two major tours (his first European tour with the orchestra and its first European engagements since 1998) which included critically-acclaimed appearances at London’s BBC Proms, 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 other venues.
With more than 50 operas in his repertoire, Mr. Robertson has appeared at many of the world’s most prestigious opera houses including The Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Opéra de Lyon, Bavarian State Opera, Théâtre du Châtelet, Hamburg State Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and San Francisco Opera.
Over the last two and a half decades Mr. Robertson has held several postings abroad. Prior to his St. Louis Symphony and Sydney Symphony appointments, he was principal guest conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra (2005–12), and was the first artist to hold the simultaneous posts of music director of the Orchestre National de Lyon and artistic director of that city’s Auditorium (2000–04). From 1992 to 2000 he was music director of the Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris.
Born in Santa Monica, California, David Robertson was educated at London’s Royal Academy of Music, where he studied French horn and composition before turning to orchestral conducting.
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