One of the people that I am very much looking forward to speaking to is David Robertson, the force of nature who conducts the St. Louis Symphony. I expect to talk with him in St. Louis, around Christmastime.David Robertson, photo courtesy of STSOphoto courtesy of STSO

David’s knowledge of music is deep and vital; he is music in the way that Dali embodied surrealism. He is beloved by audiences, respected by musicians, and is the delight of composers, many of whom have written works specifically because he would conduct them. Some of the most memorable concerts in my life have been in Powell Hall, with Robertson leaping and swirling with visible, living joy at the podium.

During the 2012-13 season, in addition to his time in St. Louis, he appeared with the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the San Francisco Symphony, as well as internationally with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, and the Ensemble Intercontemporain.

From his STSO bio:
“A consummate musician, masterful programmer and dynamic presence, David Robertson has established himself as one of today’s most sought-after American conductors. A passionate and compelling communicator with an extensive orchestral and operatic repertoire, he has forged close relationships with major orchestras around the world through his exhilarating music-making and stimulating ideas. In fall 2012, Mr. Robertson launches his eighth season as Music Director of the 133-year-old St. Louis Symphony. In January 2014, David Robertson will assume the post of Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Sydney Symphony in Australia.”

David Robertson LA Times. photo credit Michael Tammaro
Photo LA Times, Michael Tammaro

David’s father was a research scientist; he is a naturally enthusiastic and supportive person, and somehow finds time to raise a family, encourage young musicians, give interviews, and present the best pre-concert discussions I have ever had the privilege to hear. He talks a mile a minute, and he moves and hops and gesticulates; the words flow out of him like a sparkling river. I tend to simply take them in like shapes and sounds, and let them flow out of me while I hear the concert; in a way, his commentary is as much a part of the music from there on out as the playing. It stays with me forever; this is stunning.

Robertson is an extraordinary human being; I suspect that we will discover that he has feet in almost every pool on our page. St. Louis Symphony BioWiki page, and one of my many previous blog entries after a Robertson concert.