Founded in 1880, the ST. LOUIS SYMPHONY is the second-oldest orchestra in the United States and is widely considered one of the world’s finest. In September 2005, internationally acclaimed conductor David Robertson became the 12th Music Director and second American-born conductor in the orchestra’s history. In its 136th season, the St. Louis Symphony continues to strive for artistic excellence, fiscal responsibility, and community connection. In addition to its regular concert performances at Powell Hall, the Symphony is an integral part of the St. Louis community, presenting free education and community programs throughout the region each year.
In February 2015 the St. Louis Symphony received a Grammy for Best Orchestral Performance for its recording of John Adams’ City Noir and Saxophone Concerto, on Nonesuch. This was the Symphony’s sixth Grammy, as well as its 57th nomination.
The City Noir recording follows the 2009 Nonesuch release of the Symphony’s performances of Adams’ Doctor Atomic Symphony and Guide to Strange Places, which reached No. 2 on the Billboard rankings for classical music, and was named “Best CD of the Decade” by the Times of London.
In 2013/14, David Robertson led the St. Louis Symphony in a Carnegie Hall performance of Britten’s Peter Grimes for the Britten centennial, which Anthony Tommasini, in The New York Times, selected as one of the most memorable concerts of the year. Recent tours have included the St. Louis Symphony’s first European tour with Music Director David Robertson, in 2012, with performances at the BBC Proms, the Lucerne Festival, Paris’ Salle Playel, and Musikfest Berlin. In 2013, the Symphony completed its second successful California tour with Robertson, which included a three-day residency at the University of California-Davis.