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David Robertson, Music Director

David RobertsonDavid Robertson is celebrated worldwide as a champion of contemporary composers, an ingenious and adventurous programmer, and a masterful communicator whose passionate and compelling advocacy for the art form is widely recognized. A consummate and deeply collaborative musician, Grammy Award-winner Robertson is hailed for his intensely committed and exacting music making. With an extensive orchestral and operatic repertoire that spans from the classical to the avant-garde, Robertson has forged close relationships with major orchestras around the world through his exhilarating music-making and stimulating ideas. This marks 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 STL Symphony, Robertson has solidified the orchestra's standing as one of the nation's most enduring and innovative. His established relationships with artists and composers is deeply rooted, and is evidenced by the STL Symphony's strong relationship with composer John Adams. Their 2014 release of City Noir (Nonesuch Records) -- comprising works by Adams performed by the STL Symphony with Robertson -- won the Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance.

Highlights of Robertson's 2016-2017 season with the STL Symphony include a Carnegie Hall performance of Adams' The Gospel According to the Other Mary as part of a celebration of the composer's 70th birthday. Robertson and the Symphony are holding a season-long celebration of Adams, highlighted by Leila Josefowicz's performance of the composer's Violin Concerto at Powell Hall. This performance was also recorded by Nonesuch, and combined with Scheherazade.2, will offer two of Adams' most significant works for solo violin and orchestra, scheduled for release in 2017.