CONCERTGEBOUWORKEST EN DAVID ROBERTSON: IT'S ABOUT TIME
A compelling communicator and innovative programmer with a vast symphonic and operatic repertoire, David Robertson is currently in his fourth season as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and his twelfth season as Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. His past positions have included Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Symphony, Music Director of the Orchestra National de Lyon and of the Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris, and Resident Conductor of the Jerusalem Symphony.
Recent highlights with the St. Louis Symphony include a California tour featuring Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 and Messiaen’s Des canyons aux étoiles... with accompanying video imagery by photographer Deborah O’Grady in an international co-commission with the Sydney Symphony , the U.S. premiere of Tan Dun’s Contrabass Concerto: The Wolf, and John Adams’ most recent symphony for violin, Scheherazade.2, performed with Leila Josefowicz.
Mr. Robertson is a frequent guest of the world's leading orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Staatskapelle, Israel Philharmonic, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Orchestra of Santa Cecilia, NHK Symphony Orchestra and Hong Kong Philharmonic. Upcoming engagements include the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Orchestre National de France, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Dresden Staatskapelle, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the NCPA Orchestra, Beijing.
A passionate advocate for living composers, Mr. Robertson has conducted world premieres with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Dresden Staatskapelle, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Philharmonica della Scala, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra and The Cleveland Orchestra, among others.
With over 60 operas in his repertoire, he has performed with leading opera companies including those of Lyon, Hamburg, Munich, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Barcelona, Bologna, Cardiff, La Scala di Milan and the Metropolitan Opera. He has led the resurgence of operas in concert at the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Robertson has made recordings for several prominent labels such as Sony and Deutsche Grammophon. His Nonesuch recordings with the St. Louis Symphony include John Adams’ City Noir, which won the Grammy for Best Orchestral Performance in 2014, and Doctor Atomic Symphony, which was named “Classical CD of the Decade” by the London Times.
He is devoted to supporting young musicians and has worked with students at festivals in Aspen, Tanglewood, Lucerne, at the Paris Conservatoire, The Juilliard School, Music Academy of the West and the National Orchestra Institute. In 2014 Mr. Robertson led the USA Coast to Coast tour of the National Youth Orchestra of Carnegie Hall.
Musical America's Conductor of the Year in 2000, David Robertson is the recipient of numerous Honorary Doctorates. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2010 and awarded the Chevalier de l'Ordres des Arts et Lettres in 2011.
He is married to pianist Orli Shaham and has four children. He lives in New York City.