David Robertson will take up the position of Chief Conductor
and Artistic Advisor of the Sydney Symphony for a period of five
years, commencing with the Orchestra's 2014 season.
David Robertson made his Australian debut with the Sydney
Symphony in 2003 and since then has made regular visits to the
orchestra, where his projects have included conceptual multi-media
concerts such as The Colour of Time in 2008 and the Australian
premiere of John Adams' Doctor Atomic Symphony. He begins his
tenure as Chief Conductor of the Sydney Symphony in 2014.
He has been Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony since 2005
and Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra since
2005. He has previously held titled positions with the Orchestre
National de Lyon (Music Director, 2000-2004), Ensemble
Intercontemporain in Paris (Music Director, 1992-2000) and
Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra (Resident Conductor, 1985-1987). One
of his early supporters was composer and conductor Pierre Boulez,
Honorary President of Ensemble Intercontemporain.
David Robertson is a frequent guest conductor with major
orchestras and opera houses around the world, and in the 2012-2013
season he will appear with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles
Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and at the Metropolitan Opera,
and in Europe with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vienna Radio
Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Israel
Philharmonic and Ensemble Intercontemporain. This September he also
tours Europe with the SLSO and violinist Christian Tetzlaff.
He is a champion of young musicians, and has devoted time to
working with students and young artists throughout his career. In
addition to creating and leading outreach programs with the
Ensemble Intercontemporain and the Orchestre National de Lyon, he
has worked with students at Carnegie Hall's Academy, the Paris
Conservatoire, the Juilliard School, Tanglewood and Aspen Music
David Robertson was born in Santa Monica, California and
educated at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he studied
French horn and composition before turning to orchestral
conducting. He is married to pianist Orli Shaham.
David Robertson conducts the SSO
Our Chief Conductor and Artistic
Director designate, David Robertson, conducts Tchaikovsky's
Symphony No.6, Pathétique at the Sydney Opera House.
David Robertson speaks
David Robertson accepted the appointment and what exciting projects
he will undertake with the orchestra from 2014 onwards.