• 2014 Conductor: David Robertson

  • David Robertson

    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 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, David Robertson assumed the post of Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in Australia.

    In 2012–2013, David 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 which 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 Barbara.  Highlights of his 2013-2014 season with St. Louis included a return to Carnegie Hall on the centennial of Benjamin Britten's birth to perform the opera Peter Grimes in concert, and the recording earlier in the fall of a St. Louis Symphony co-commission, John Adams's Concerto for Saxophone.  Nonesuch Records will release the disc featuring the concerto, along with the orchestra's performance of Adams's City Noir, in 2014.

    Mr. Robertson is a frequent guest conductor with major orchestras and opera houses around the world. In the 2013–2014 season, in addition to launching his first year at the helm of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, he conducts the US premiere of Nico Muhly's Two Boys in a new production at The Metropolitan Opera and appears with orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Symphony.  He also leads Ensemble ACJW at Carnegie Hall and leads the summer 2014 US tour of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, a program of Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute. In past seasons, he has appeared nationally with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, Boston and Chicago Symphonies, and Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, and internationally with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Staatskapelle Dresden, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic, among others.

    With over 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, Bayerische Staatsoper, Théâtre du Châtelet, Hamburg State Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and San Francisco Opera.        

    Born in Santa Monica, California, David 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.


  • National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America Lead Sponsor


    Founder Patrons: Blavatnik Family Foundation; The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation; the Robertson Foundation; Robert F. Smith; and Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon.

    Lead Donors: Ronald O. Perelman and Joan and Sanford I. Weill and the Weill Family Foundation.

    Additional funding has been provided by the Blavatnik Family Foundation; Yoko Nagae Ceschina; The Rockefeller Foundation; The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation; and Ann Ziff.

    Public support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.
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