St. Louis Symphony
Celebrated as one of the today's most exciting and enduring orchestras, 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, American conductor David Robertson became the
12th music director in the orchestra's history and has since solidified the St. Louis
Symphony's standing as one of the nation's most vital and innovative ensembles. In its
137th season, the orchestra is committed to artistic excellence, educational impact, and
community connection--all in service to its mission of enriching people's lives through the
power of music. In addition to its regular concert performances at home in Powell Hall, the
orchestra is an integral part of the diverse and vibrant St. Louis community, presenting
hundreds of free education programs and performances throughout the region each year. The
Grammy Award-winning St. Louis Symphony's impact beyond its home market is realized through
weekly Saturday night concert broadcasts, celebrated recordings, and regular touring
The St. Louis Symphony performed numerous works by composer John Adams throughout its
2016-2017 concert season, including his Violin Concerto, featuring soloist Leila
Josefowicz, in the fall of 2016. The concerto was recorded by Nonesuch Records for a future
release. The orchestra also recorded Adams's violin symphony, Scheherazade.2,
which was recorded with Ms. Josefowicz at Powell Hall in February 2016. It was released in
September 2016 and received a Grammy nomination for Best Classical Instrumental Solo.
In 2015, the orchestra received a Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance for Adams's
City Noir and Saxophone Concerto, with Mr. Robertson conducting and featuring
soloist Timothy McAllister, also recorded on Nonesuch. This was the orchestra's sixth
Grammy and 57th nomination. The St. Louis Symphony also recorded Adams's Doctor
Atomic Symphony and Guide to Strange Places for Nonesuch. That album,
released in 2009, was named Classical Album of the Decade by The Times of
In the 2015-2016 season, the St. Louis Symphony completed a highly successful California
tour, which included stops in Berkeley and at Los Angeles's Walt Disney Concert Hall. With
Mr. Robertson conducting, the tour featured performances of Messiaen's Des canyons aux
étoiles …, which included video images of the American Southwest landscapes that
inspired the composer, created by artist Deborah O'Grady especially for the orchestra.
David Robertson is one of today's most sought-after conductors. Celebrated worldwide as a
champion of contemporary composers, an ingenious programmer, and a masterful communicator,
Mr. Robertson is a consummate and deeply collaborative musician. With an extensive
orchestral and operatic repertoire that spans the classical to the avant-garde, he has
forged close relationships with major orchestras and opera companies around the world. This
marks Mr. Robertson's 12th season as music director of the storied 137-year-old St. Louis
Symphony. He also serves as chief conductor and artistic director of the Sydney Symphony
Orchestra in Australia.
As music director of the St. Louis Symphony, Mr. Robertson has solidified the orchestra's
standing as one of the nation's most enduring and innovative. Under his leadership, the St.
Louis Symphony's notable relationship with composer John Adams produced the 2014 release of
City Noir on Nonesuch Records, which won the Grammy Award for Best Orchestral
Performance, and the 2016 release of Adams's violin symphony, Scheherazade.2,
performed by Leila Josefowicz; 2017 will see the release of Adams's Violin Concerto, also
with Ms. Josefowicz.
A highlight of Mr. Robertson's 2016-2017 guest-conducting engagements includes the
Metropolitan Opera's revival of Janáček's Jenůfa. He has held other titled posts
with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lyon, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra,
and Ensemble Intercontemporain.
Mr. Robertson received Columbia University's 2006 Ditson Conductor's Award, and he and the
St. Louis Symphony are recipients of several major awards from ASCAP and the League of
American Orchestras. Musical America named him the 2000 Conductor of the Year. In
2010, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2011 a
Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
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. He is
married to pianist Orli Shaham.