The St. Louis Symphony has announced that David Robertson’s contract as music director has been extended through the 2017-18 season. Robertson came to St. Louis in 2005.
Robertson said in a press release, “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 and education activities in St. Louis. The best relationships grow and deepen with time. I’m eager for the gifts of the years to come.”
Barry Beracha, who chairs the symphony board, noted that Robertson is known throughout the world for his “virtuosity and musical integrity.” As the release noted, he is a “regular guest conductor at major orchestras and opera houses around the world.” He is also chief conductor and artistic director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in Australia.
In recent years, Robertson has led the symphony at Carnegie Hall (2013, Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes) and on acclaimed tours in Europe (2012) and California (2010 and 2013). The orchestra’s 2009 recording of John Adams’ Doctor Atomic Symphony earned praise as the best CD of the decade 2000-2010 by the Times of London.