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Artist Recital Series Presents the Cleveland Orchestra, with Conductor David Robertson and Pianist Yefim Bronfman, April 27

by Marci Janas '91


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David Robertson
One of the leading conductors of his generation, David Robertson continues to impress audiences and critics around the world with his interpretations of standard orchestral repertoire, his exceptional affinity for 20th-century music and his command of a broad operatic repertoire. Since
he has been Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon and Artistic Director of that city’s auditorium, which is home to the orchestra. His appointment marks the first time that one artist has held both musical posts in Lyon. A regular guest conductor of orchestras and opera companies in Europe and North America, Mr. Robertson made his Cleveland Orchestra debut at the 1998 Blossom Festival and most recently appeared with the ensemble in October 1999.

Born in Santa Monica, California, David Robertson was educated at London’s Royal Academy of Music, where he studied French horn, composition, and conducting. From 1985-87 he was resident conductor of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, gaining experience in a wide variety of repertoire, including many contemporary works. From 1992-2000 he served as Music Director of the Paris’s Ensemble Intercontemporain, founded by Pierre Boulez. In 1997, Mr. Robertson was named a recipient of the Seaver/National Endowment for the Arts Conductors Award, the premier prize of its kind, given to exceptionally gifted American conductors. In December 1999, Musical America named him “Conductor of the Year.”

Mr. Robertson’s 2002-03 season includes his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, a two-week re-engagement with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and appearances with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Israel Philharmonic, and the Sydney Symphony. He also leads productions of Schoenberg’s Erwartung and Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine at Paris’s Théatre du Châtelet with the Orchestre National de Lyon, and conducts that ensemble on a tour of the United States. Mr. Robertson’s North American appearances include re-engagements with the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, and the Saint Louis Symphony, and debuts with the Pittsburgh Symphony and the New World Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to his work on the concert stage, David Robertson has led productions of a wide-ranging repertoire at such prestigious opera houses as the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Bayerische Staatsoper, Théatre du Châtelet, Hamburg Opera, Opéra de Lyon, and the San Francisco Opera.

An important aspect of David Robertson’s career has been his close connection to student musicians. In addition to leading a number of outreach programs with the Ensemble Intercontemporain and Orchestre National de Lyon, he has worked with students at the Paris Conservatory, Juilliard School, Tanglewood Music Center, and the Aspen Music Festival, where he appears annually.

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