Sydney Symphony appoints Robertson new chief conductor

Posted on: May 15, 2012

In Tuesday’s (5/15) Australian, Tom Douglas writes, “The newly appointed chief conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra will bring ‘groundbreaking’ digital initiatives to the role when he takes the reins in 2014. David Robertson, music director at the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, will take over from 75-year-old Vladimir Ashkenazy. The 54-year-old Robertson, who will also take the role of artistic director, will look to increase the orchestra’s focus on digital broadcasting at the company, including broadcasting, telecasting and webcasting, according to SSO chairman John Conde. … Robertson is expected during his five-year appointment to continue Ashkenazy’s legacy of inviting international performers to play with the SSO, and increase international touring, with a focus on China. Robertson, a frequent guest conductor with orchestras around the world, including the SSO, said he was looking forward to the Sydney move. ‘I love the Sydney Symphony’s sense of adventure. I’ve already done a number of wide-ranging projects with the orchestra as a guest conductor and the musicians’ readiness to take on any artistic challenge is something I find personally inspiring,’ he said.”

Posted May 15, 2012