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Founded in 1880, the St. Louis Symphony is the second-oldest orchestra in the
country and is widely considered one of the world's finest. In September 2005,
internationally acclaimed conductor David Robertson became the 12th Music Director and
second American-born conductor in the symphony's history. In its 131st season, the St.
Louis Symphony continues to strive for artistic excellence, fiscal responsibility, and
community connection. In addition to its regular concert performances at Powell Hall, the
St. Louis Symphony is an integral part of the St. Louis community, presenting more than 250
free education and community partnership programs each year.
The St. Louis Symphony is one of only a handful of major American orchestras invited to
perform annually at Carnegie Hall. Recordings by the symphony have been honored with six
Grammy Awards and 56 Grammy nominations. The St. Louis Symphony has embraced technological
advances in music distribution by offering recordings over the internet, including live
recordings of John Adams's Harmonielehre and Szymanowski's Violin Concerto No. 1,
with Christian Tetzlaff, available exclusively on iTunes and Amazon.com. In 2008, the St.
Louis Symphony's Nonesuch recording of John Adams's Doctor Atomic Symphony and
Guide to Strange Places reached No. 2 on the Billboard rankings for
classical music, and was named Best CD of the Decade by The Times of London.
In June 2008, the St. Louis Symphony launched Building Our Business, an
initiative designed to reinvigorate the orchestra's tradition and brand, reach new
audiences through diversified programming, and build the donor base for enhanced
institutional commitment and donations. This is all part of a larger strategic plan adopted
in May 2009 that includes a new core ideology and a 10-year strategic vision, focusing on
artistic and institutional excellence, doubling the existing audience, and growing its
revenue across all key operating areas.
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 fall 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. In March 2011, he conducts Ensemble ACJW in a program combining Mozart's
unfinished opera Zaide (Das Serail) and the New York premiere of Luciano Berio's
reconstruction of the same piece. 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, this season
Mr. Robertson conducts world premieres of works by Stephen McNeff, Avner Dorman, and Joey
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.