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A consummate musician, masterful programmer, and dynamic presence, David
Robertson has established himself as one of today's most sought-after American conductors.
A passionate and compelling communicator with an extensive knowledge of orchestral and
operatic repertoire, he has forged close relationships with major orchestras around the
world through his exhilarating music making and stimulating ideas. In the fall of 2010, Mr.
Robertson began his sixth season as Music Director of the 131-year-old St. Louis Symphony,
while continuing as Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, a post he has
held since 2005.
Highlights of Mr. Robertson's 2010-2011 season with the St. Louis Symphony include a gala
concert with soprano Renée Fleming and the upcoming world premiere of Christopher Rouse's
Symphony No. 3. Guest engagements in the US include performances with the Boston, New
World, and San Diego symphony orchestras; the San Francisco Symphony; and the New York
Philharmonic. Internationally, guest engagements include the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,
where Mr. Robertson appears regularly, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin as part of
Musikfest Berlin, and several concerts with the BBC Symphony. In addition to his fresh
interpretations of traditional repertoire, Mr. Robertson conducts world premieres this
season of works by Stephen McNeff, Avner Dorman, and Joey Roukens.
Born in Santa Monica, California, Mr. Robertson was educated at London's Royal Academy of
Music, where he studied French horn and composition before turning to orchestral
conducting. He received Columbia University's 2006 Ditson Conductor's Award, and he and the
St. Louis Symphony are recipients of three major awards from ASCAP and the League of
American Orchestras, including the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 awards for Programming of
Contemporary Music, and the 2005-2006 Morton Gould Award for Innovative Programming.
Musical America named him Conductor of the Year in 2000. In 2010, he was elected a
Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.