David Robertson

“Four compo­sers, spanning three gener­ations, all con­ceive ex­quisitely elegant musical ideas, in­spired by inven­tion, shape and sound. The wondrous beauty that Tabea Zimmermann, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, and the Chamber Or­ches­tra of Europe possess comes to­gether with this enchan­ting conver­sation in tones. I can’t wait!” 

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David Robertson ‑ con­ductor, artist, thinker, and American musi­cal visionary - occu­pies some of the most promi­nent plat­forms on the inter­national music scene. A highly sought-after podium figure in the worlds of opera, orches­tral music, and new music, Robertson is 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. A consummate and deeply collabo­rative musician, Robertson is hailed for his intensely com­mitted music making.

Currently in his vale­dictory season as Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and his fifth season as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, he has served in artistic leader­ship po­sitions at musical insti­tutions in­cluding the Orchestre National de Lyon, and, as a protégé of Pierre Boulez, the Ensemble InterContemporain, which he led on its first North American tour. At the BBC Symphony Orchestra, he served as Principal Guest Conductor. 

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Robertson has served as a Perspectives Artist at Carnegie Hall, where he has con­ducted, among others, The Met Orchestra, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. He appears regular­ly in Europe with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic, the Bayerische Rundfunk and the Dresden Staatskapelle, and at the Berlin Festival, the Edinburgh Festival, the BBC Proms, and the Musica Viva Festival in Munich. 

In March and April 2018, Robertson re­turns to The Metropolitan Opera to con­duct the premiere of Phelim McDermott's new pro­duction of Così fan tutte. Since his Met Opera debut in 1996, with The Makropulos Case, he has con­ducted a breath­taking range of Met projects, inclu­ding the Met premiere of John Adams' The Death of Klinghoffer (2014); the 2016 revival of Janácek's Jenufa, then its first Met per­formances in near­ly a de­cade; the premiere pro­duction of Nico Muhly's Two Boys (2013); and many favorites, from Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro to Britten's Billy Budd. Robertson has frequent pro­jects at the world's most prestigious opera houses, in­cluding La Scala, Théâtre du Châtelet, Bayerische Staatsoper (orchestra), the San Francisco Opera, and the Santa Fe Opera. 

During his 13-year tenure with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Robertson has solidified the orchestra's standing as one of the nation's most enduring and innovative. His estab­lished and fruitful relation­ships with artists across a wide spectrum is evidenced by the orchestra's ongoing colla­boration with composer John Adams. The 2014 release of City Noir (Nonesuch) – comprising works by Adams performed by the SLSO – won the Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance. Robertson is the recipient of numerous musical and artistic awards, and in 2010 was made a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Government of France.

Robertson is devoted to supporting young musicians and has worked with students at the festivals of Aspen, Tanglewood, Lucerne, at the Paris Conservatoire, the Juilliard School, Music Academy of the West, and the National Orchestra Institute. In 2014, he led the Coast to Coast tour of Carnegie Hall's National Youth Orchestra of the USA.

Born in Santa Monica, California, Robertson was educated at London's Royal Academy of Music, where he studied horn and compo­sition before turning to orches­tral con­ducting. He is married to pianist Orli Shaham.

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