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 in his eighth season as Music Director of the Saint Louis Symphony. In January 2014, he will assume the post of Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Sydney Symphony in Australia. He was previously principal guest conductor of the BBC Symphony, music director of the Orchestre National de Lyon and artistic director of that city’s auditorium, music director of the Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris, and resident conductor of the Jerusalem Symphony.
In addition to his current position with the Saint Louis Symphony, Mr. Robertson is a frequent guest conductor with major orchestras and opera houses around the world. During the 2012-13 season he appears with US orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as well as internationally with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony, the Vienna Radio Symphony, the Israel Philharmonic, and Ensemble Intercontemporain. In past seasons he has appeared in the US with the Boston and Chicago symphonies, the Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras, and internationally with the Berlin Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the Sydney and Melbourne symphonies, among others. Mr. Robertson made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 1997; he returned to lead the Orchestra most recently in May and June 2012.
With over forty-five operas in his repertory, 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. He returned to the Metropolitan Opera in October 2012 for Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro.
David Robertson has made numerous recordings for the Sony Classical, Naïve, EMI/Virgin Classics, Deutsche Grammophon, Atlantic/Erato, Nuema, Adès, Valois, and Naxos labels. He recently recorded John Adams’s Doctor Atomic Symphony with the Saint Louis Symphony for Nonesuch. In 2011 he was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He and his wife, pianist Orli Shaham, are parents of twin boys. Mr. Robertson also has two older sons.