(ST. LOUIS) The St. Louis Symphony announced today the extension of David Robertson’s contract as Music Director. Robertson, currently in his ninth season with the orchestra, will remain as Music Director in St. Louis through the 2017-2018 season.

“I’m delighted to extend my relationship with the St. Louis Symphony. The Symphony musicians’ extraordinary stylistic versatility, their passion and commitment to music making, and their basic human warmth make this a unique ensemble. I constantly feel enriched and inspired by them, whether on stage at Powell Hall, in concert halls around the world, or through their extensive community & education activities in St. Louis. The best relationships grow and deepen with time. I’m eager for the gifts of the years to come,” said David Robertson, St. Louis Symphony Music Director.

“David Robertson is acknowledged worldwide for his virtuosity and musical integrity, and in his nearly 10 years as St. Louis Symphony Music Director he has elevated the profile of the orchestra locally, nationally, and internationally. We are delighted that he will continue leading the Symphony through the 2017-2018 season,” said Barry Beracha, Chairman of the St. Louis Symphony Board of Trustees.      

David Robertson began his tenure as the 12th Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony in the 2005-2006 season. The 2014-2015 season marks his 10th Anniversary with the St. Louis Symphony, and to celebrate, Robertson has chosen to feature 50 St. Louis Symphony musicians as soloists. Thirty-three current members of the St. Louis Symphony began their tenure under David Robertson.

In November 2013, Robertson led the STL Symphony’s triumphant Carnegie Hall performance of Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes. That concert was named one of the top five classical concerts of 2013 by The New York Times. Since February 2002, Robertson has conducted the St. Louis Symphony for 16 concerts at Carnegie Hall.

In September 2012, Robertson led the St. Louis Symphony on a European tour, the Symphony’s first international concerts since 1998.  American and European critics and audiences cheered the concerts in London at the Proms, at Berlin’s Philharmonie as part of the Berlin Festival, at Switzerland’s Lucerne Festival and at the Salle Pleyel in Paris.  After having led the St. Louis Symphony on a successful tour of California in 2010, Robertson brought the orchestra back to California for another multi-city tour in March of 2013, culminating in a residency as part of the 10th anniversary celebration of the Mondavi Center concert hall at the University of California –Davis. 

In 2009, the St. Louis Symphony & David Robertson recorded John Adams’s Doctor Atomic Symphony, a work Adams dedicated to Robertson, for Nonesuch Records.  That recording was recognized the best CD of the decade 2000-2010 by the Times of London. The Symphony’s latest Nonesuch Records recording, including John Adams’ City Noir and his new Saxophone Concerto, is scheduled for release later this year.

In addition to his current position with the St. Louis Symphony, David Robertson is a regular guest conductor at major orchestras and opera houses around the world, including the Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony; the Israel Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Orchestra and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; and the Metropolitan Opera and Milan’s La Scala.  In January, 2014, Robertson became Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of Australia’s Sydney Symphony Orchestra.  David Robertson served as Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Symphony in London between 2005 and 2012.

Robertson was educated at London’s Royal Academy of Music, where he studied horn and composition before turning to orchestral conducting.  He is the recipient of many awards and honors: In 2010 he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the most prestigious honorary societies in the United States, and that same year received the Excellence in the Arts award from the St. Louis Arts and Education Council. In 2011, the French government made Robertson a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.