St. Louis Symphony
Founded in 1880, the St. Louis Symphony is the second-oldest orchestra in the United
States 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 orchestra's history. In its 135th 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
symphony is an integral part of the St. Louis community, presenting free education and
community programs throughout the region each year.
To celebrate his decade-long tenure with the St. Louis Symphony in 2014-2015, Mr.
Robertson will showcase 50 of the orchestra's musicians in solo or solo ensemble
performances throughout the season. Another highlight is a concert performance of Verdi's
Aida, featuring video enhancements by S. Katy Tucker.
In 2013-2014, Mr. Robertson led the St. Louis Symphony in a Carnegie Hall performance of
Britten's Peter Grimes on the Britten centennial, selected as one of the most
memorable concerts of the year by Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times. In the
spring, Nonesuch Records released a disc of the orchestra's performances of two works by
John Adams: City Noir and the Saxophone Concerto, which received the Grammy Award
for Best Orchestra Performance. This follows the 2009 Nonesuch release of the symphony's
performances of Adams's Doctor Atomic Symphony and Guide to Strange Places, which reached
No. 2 on Billboard's rankings for classical music and was named Best CD of the Decade by
The Times of London.
Recent tours have included the St. Louis Symphony's first European tour with Mr. Robertson
in 2012, with performances at the BBC Proms, the Lucerne Festival, Paris's Salle Pleyel,
and Musikfest Berlin. Violinist Christian Tetzlaff joined the symphony as featured soloist
on the European tour. In 2013, the orchestra completed its second successful California
tour with Mr. Robertson, which included a three-day residency at the University of
A passionate and compelling communicator with an extensive orchestral and operatic
repertoire, American conductor David Robertson has forged close relationships with major
orchestras around the world. In fall 2014, Mr. Robertson launched his 10th season as music
director of the 135-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.
To celebrate his decade-long tenure with the St. Louis Symphony, Mr. Robertson showcases
50 of the orchestra's musicians in solo or solo ensemble performances throughout the
2014-2015 season. Other highlights include a concert performance of Verdi's Aida,
featuring video enhancements by S. Katy Tucker-one of a series of such collaborations
during the season. In 2013-2014, Mr. Robertson led the St. Louis Symphony in a Carnegie
Hall performance of Britten's Peter Grimes on the Britten centennial that Anthony
Tommasini of The New York Times selected as one of the most memorable concerts of
the year. In the spring of 2014, Nonesuch Records released a disc of the orchestra's
performances of two works by John Adams: City Noir and the Saxophone Concerto. The
recording received the Grammy award for Best Orchestral Performance.
Mr. Robertson is a frequent guest conductor with major orchestras and opera houses around
the world. In his inaugural year with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, he led the ensemble in
a seven-city tour of China in June 2014. He also led 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, to cities that included Boston and Chicago, culminating in a concert
at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. In fall 2014, Mr. Robertson conducted the
Metropolitan Opera premiere of John Adams's The Death of Klinghoffer.