David Robertson has served in numerous artistic leadership positions, such as chief conductor and artistic director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and a transformative 13-year tenure as music director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, solidifying its status among the nation’s most innovative, establishing fruitful relationships with a spectrum of artists, and garnering a 2014 Grammy for the Nonesuch release of John Adams’s City Noir. Conductor, artist, thinker, and American musical visionary, he is a highly sought-after podium figure in the worlds of opera, orchestral, and new music, celebrated worldwide as a champion of contemporary composers, an ingenious and adventurous programmer, and a masterful communicator whose passionate advocacy for the art form is widely recognized.
Mr. Robertson’s earlier leadership positions include posts at the Orchestre national de Lyon, Ensemble InterContemporain as a protégé of Pierre Boulez, principal guest conductor at the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and a Carnegie Hall Perspectives Artist, where he has conducted numerous orchestras. He appears regularly with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and other major European orchestras and festivals. He continues a longstanding collaboration with the New York Philharmonic, and conducts numerous North American ensembles, including the Montreal, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, National, Houston, and Dallas symphony orchestras and the Juilliard Orchestra, where he serves as director of conducting studies, distinguished visiting faculty.
He continues to build upon his deep conducting relationship with The Metropolitan Opera, including James Robinson’s production of Porgy and Bess (2019) and the premiere of Phelim McDermott’s production of Così fan tutte (2018). Since his 1996 Met Opera debut, leading Janáček’s The Makropulos Case, he has conducted projects ranging from The Met premiere of John Adams’s The Death of Klinghoffer (2014) to the 2016 revival of Janáček’s Jenůfa; and many favorites. He conducts at the world’s most prestigious opera houses, including Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Paris’s Théâtre du Châtelet, and those in Rome, San Francisco, and Santa Fe.
David Robertson is the recipient of numerous awards, and in 2010 was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Government of France. He is devoted to supporting young musicians and has worked with students at festivals ranging from Aspen to Tanglewood to Lucerne.