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David Robertson

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David Eric Robertson (born 19 July 1958) is an American conductor. He is currently the music director of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, and Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Early life
Robertson was born and raised in Malibu, California, and grew up in a music-loving family. His father was a research scientist at Hughes Laboratory and his mother studied literature, but later had a career as a caterer. In grade school, he played French horn and violin, and first conducted at age 12. He later studied horn, composition, and conducting as a college student at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Career
After his college years, he began to receive conducting offers in Europe and performed often in both symphonic and operatic repertoire. His early career was also given a boost by speaking engagements contracted by the U.S. Information Agency in the Middle East and around the world on the subject of music.

In 1985, David Robertson was appointed resident conductor of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. Five years later, in October 1990, the Ensemble Intercontemporain of Paris named him Music Director. Although his appointment was initially newsworthy because Robertson was not a protégé of Pierre Boulez, the Ensemble benefited from his decade of leadership by performing more works of ‘non-Boulezian’ composers, such as John Adams, and by reinvigorating the Ensemble.

In 2000, Robertson was named the Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon (ONL) and artistic director of Lyon’s Auditorium, He was the first individual to serve simultaneously in both capacities and the first American conductor to be appointed to either position.

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