David Robertson — conductor, artist, composer, thinker, and American musical visionary — occupies prominent podiums in opera, orchestral, and new music. He is a champion of contemporary composers, and an ingenious and adventurous programmer. Robertson has served in numerous artistic leadership positions, such as chief conductor and artistic director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, a transformative 13-year tenure as music director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and with the Orchestre National de Lyon, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and, as protégé of Pierre Boulez, the Ensemble InterContemporain. He appears with the world’s great orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, Vienna Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, São Paulo State Symphony, and Seoul Philharmonic orchestras, as well as major ensembles and festivals on five continents.
In 2023, Robertson made his first return to Sydney, and begins a three-year tenure as the inaugural creative partner of the Utah Symphony and Opera. Since his 1996 Metropolitan Opera debut, he has conducted a variety of Met projects, including the 2019–20 season opening premiere production of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (for which he shared a 2021 Grammy Award, Best Opera Recording) and its 2022 revival. He made his Rome Opera debut conducting Janáček’s Káťa Kabanová.
Robertson is a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France, and is the recipient of numerous artistic awards. He serves on the Tianjin Juilliard Advisory Council, complementing his role as director of conducting studies, distinguished visiting faculty, at The Juilliard School. In the 2023–24 season he will conduct the Seattle Symphony, Royal Danish Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester-Berlin, and the Minnesota Orchestra, among others, and will lead The Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.
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