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 assumed 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 conducted the new production of Nico Muhly's Two
Boys at the Metropolitan Opera and appeared with orchestras that included the
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Symphony
Orchestra. 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, among others.
With more than 50 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.