David Robertson, conductor


'the focus on Korngold is an extension of Mr. Shaham's 1930s project, his look at the many violin concertos—including Berg, Stravinsky, Britten, Barber and Prokofiev —written during one decade. While the Korngold wasn't published until 1945, it bears traces of the '30s and may have been written then ... The focus on the turbulent decade might seem to clash with Mr. Shaham's genial personality. But the violinist has another side, said David Robertson, who conducted several concertos on Shaham's recent 1930s album ... "Because Gil seems to have such a beautifully sunny disposition, many people aren't aware of how deep a thinker he is about music," said Mr. Robertson, who is married to Mr. Shaham's sister, the pianist Orli Shaham. "When you are performing with him and right next to him, it's like looking down a well. The depth in that well is really profound.” 

Wall Street Journal

Adams works here [China Gates and the two-piano, four-hands Hallelujah Junction]  have been recorded more than once before, but Shaham's interpretations of both are welcome additions to the discography. She and fellow keyboardist Jon Kimura Parker bring the kind of force and precision these intricate, passionate pieces demand. 

The infancy of Mackey's son inspired this piece [Stumble to Grace], which gradually develops from the staggering first steps of the opening movement to a virtuosic fugue in the finale … 


David Robertson—conductor, artist, thinker, and American musical visionary—occupies some of the most prominent platforms on the international music scene. A highly sought-after podium figure in the world of opera, orchestral music, and new music, Robertson is celebrated worldwide as a champion of contemporary composers, an ingenious and adventurous programmer, and a masterful communicator whose passionate advocacy for the art form is widely recognized.

Robertson has served in numerous artistic leadership positions, such as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and a transformative 13-year tenure as Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, where he solidified its status as among the nation’s most enduring and innovative ensembles, established fruitful relationships with a spectrum of artists, and garnered a 2014 Grammy Award for the Nonesuch release of John Adams’ City Noir. Earlier artistic leadership positions include at the Orchestre National de Lyon; as a protégé of Pierre Boulez, the Ensemble InterContemporain; as Principal Guest at the BBC Symphony Orchestra; and as a Perspectives Artist at Carnegie Hall, where he has conducted numerous orchestras. He appears regularly with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Bayerischer Rundfunk, and other major European orchestras and festivals.
Robertson continues a longstanding and rich collaboration with the New York Philharmonic and conducts numerous North American orchestras, including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati and Dallas Symphony Orchestras, and the Juilliard Orchestra, where he serves as Director of Conducting Studies, Distinguished Visiting Professor. Robertson continues to build upon his deep conducting relationship with The Metropolitan Opera, including James Robinson’s premier production of Porgy and Bess (2019), and the premier of Phelim McDermott’s celebrated production of Così fan tutte (2018).
Since his 1996 Met Opera debut, The Makropulos Case, he has conducted a breathtaking range of projects, including the Met premiere of John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer (2014); the 2016 revival of Janáček’s Jenůfa; and many favorites. Robertson has frequent projects at the world’s most prestigious opera houses, including La Scala, Théâtre du Châtelet, and San Francisco and Santa Fe Operas.
Robertson is the recipient of numerous musical and artistic awards, and in 2010 was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Government of France. He is devoted to supporting young musicians and has worked with students at festivals ranging from Aspen to Tanglewood to Lucerne.