Created in 2007 by Carnegie Hall's Executive and Artistic Director Clive Gillinson and The
Juilliard School's President Joseph W. Polisi, Ensemble ACJW is an inspirational collective
of young professional musicians who are fellows in a two-year program that supports them in
building careers as top-quality performers, innovative programmers, and dedicated teachers
who fully engage with the communities in which they live and work.
Ensemble ACJW fellows-chosen for their musicianship, but also for their leadership
qualities and commitment to music education-come from some of the best music schools in the
country, including The Colburn School , Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School, New
England Conservatory, Rice University, University of Southern California, and Yale School
Ensemble ACJW has earned accolades from critics and audiences alike for the quality of its
performances as well as its fresh and open-minded approach, performing a wide range of
music-from centuries past to works written days before an event-in a variety of performance
venues. The group performs its own series at Carnegie Hall and has regularly appeared at
The Juilliard School's Paul Hall and other venues throughout New York City, including (Le)
Poisson Rouge nightclub in Greenwich Village, Subculture in NoHo, and Galapagos Art Space
in Brooklyn. As part of a partnership with Skidmore College that began in 2007, Ensemble
ACJW gives master classes for university students and performs for the Saratoga Springs
community in both concert halls and in informal settings around town.
Along with performance opportunities at premier venues in New York City and beyond,
Ensemble ACJW fellows each partner with a New York City public school to share their
artistry with-and become central resources for-music classrooms in the five boroughs.
Ensemble ACJW fellows also take part in community work through the Weill Music
Institute's Musical Connections program, in which they perform at multiple non-traditional
music venues across New York City, including healthcare settings, correctional facilities,
and senior-service organizations. Throughout the two-year program, Ensemble ACJW fellows
participate in rigorous, ongoing professional development to ensure that they gain the
necessary skills to be successful in all areas of the program and to become leaders in
their field. Areas of emphasis include artistic excellence, engagement strategies on and
off the stage, advocacy, professional skills, and preparation for their in-school
Exemplary performers, dedicated teachers, and advocates for music throughout the
community, the forward-looking musicians of Ensemble ACJW are redefining what it means to
be a musician in the 21st century. Visit acjw.org to learn more.
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 2013, Mr. Robertson
launched his ninth season as music director of the 134-year-old St. Louis Symphony. In
January 2014, he assumes the post of chief conductor and artistic director of the Sydney
Symphony Orchestra in Australia.
In 2012-2013, Mr. Robertson led the St. Louis Symphony on two major tours: his first
European tour with the orchestra-its first European engagements since 1998-in fall 2012,
which included critically acclaimed appearances at London's BBC Proms, at the Berlin and
Lucerne festivals, and at Paris's Salle Pleyel; and a spring 2013 California tour that
included a three-day residency at the University of California, Davis, and performances at
the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts and venues in Costa Mesa, Palm Desert, and Santa
Mr. Robertson is a frequent guest conductor with major orchestras and opera houses around
the world. In the 2013-2014 season, he conducts the new production of Nico Muhly's Two
Boys at the Metropolitan Opera and appears with orchestras that include the Royal
Concertgebouw Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He
also leads the summer 2014 US tour of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of
America, a project of Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute. In past seasons, he has
appeared nationally with the Boston and Chicago symphony orchestras, Philadelphia and
Cleveland orchestras; and internationally with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Staatskapelle
Dresden, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and Sydney and Melbourne symphony orchestras,
With more than 45 operas in his repertoire, Mr. Robertson has appeared at many of the
world's most prestigious opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Opéra de
Lyon, Bavarian State Opera, Théâtre du Châtelet, Hamburg State Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and
San Francisco Opera.
Born in Santa Monica, California, Mr. Robertson was educated at London's Royal Academy of
Music, where he studied horn and composition before turning to orchestral conducting. Mr.
Robertson is the recipient of numerous awards and honors.