Conductor, International Tour

David Robertson – conductor, composer, 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 worlds 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.  A consummate and deeply collaborative musician, Robertson is hailed for his intensely committed music making.

“I’m delighted to be working with The Australian Youth Orchestra on their upcoming International Tour in 2025. Since my first visit to Sydney back in 2003, I have held a deep love for Australia’s musical culture. Indeed, during my time as Chief Conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, I met many musicians who had benefited from the unique musical environment that the AYO provides. Music as an artform is all about transmitting the passion, dedication, and perseverance to the talented young musicians who breathe life into this most human creation. My teaching at the Juilliard School in New York is constantly inspired by the brilliance, curiosity, and striving for excellence that I see in each new generation of musicians. We are so fortunate to have an organization like the Australian Youth Orchestra that can enable tomorrow’s phenomenal talents, giving them such fantastic opportunities as this International Tour. I couldn’t be more thrilled and excited to have this opportunity to work with Australia’s finest young musicians!”

– Sir David Robertson