Zemlinsky's Maeterlinck-Lieder

Interview with David Robertson


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Played works

Alexander Zemlinsky Maeterlinck Lieder


David Robertson Conductor

Anne Sofie von Otter mezzosopraan

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Born in California, David Robertson (1958) was educated at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he studied horn and composition before turning to conducting. He has held the posts of Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra since 2005. He was appointed chief conductor and artistic director of the Sydney Symphony in Australia in 2012.

He has previously held the positions of resident conductor of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and music director of the Ensemble InterContemporain in Paris, where he succeeded Pierre Boulez in 1992. He held the post of music director of the Orchestre National de Lyon from 2000 to 2004.

In 1997, Robertson won the prestigious Seaver/National Endowment for the Arts Conductor's Award, a leading American prize for conductors. He has also garnered praise for his commitment to American music. He was made a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture in 2011.