David Robertson—conductor, 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.
David Robertson holds a rich and enduring collaboration with the New York Philharmonic, and in the Americas conducts many noted ensembles, including the Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, National, Houston, Dallas, Montréal, and São Paulo Symphony Orchestras. Robertson has served as a Perspectives Artist at Carnegie Hall, where he has also conducted, among others, The Met Orchestra, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. He appears regularly with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Bayerischen Rundfunk, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, and other major European and international orchestras and festivals, ranging from the BBC Proms, to Musica Viva in Munich, to the New Japan Philharmonic and Beijing’s NCPA Orchestra.
Since 2018, David Robertson has served as Director of Conducting Studies, Distinguished Visiting Faculty, of The Juilliard School. In Fall 2019, he joined the newly formed Tianjin Juilliard Advisory Council, an international body created to guide the emerging Chinese campus of The Juilliard School. He conducts the Juilliard Orchestra annually at Carnegie Hall.
Born in Santa Monica, California, David Robertson was educated at London’s Royal Academy of Music, where he studied horn and composition before turning to orchestral conducting. He is married to pianist Orli Shaham, and lives in New York.
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Korean violinist Inmo Yang has been hailed by the Boston Globe for his “seamless technique and a tender warmth of tone,” combined with “an ability to project an engaging sense of inner sincerity through his playing.” In March 2015, he won the 54th International Violin Competition “Premio Paganini” in Genoa, Italy, marking the first time since 2006 that the Paganini Competition jury awarded First Prize. He also garnered the following special prizes: youngest finalist, best performance of the contemporary original piece, and performance most appreciated by the audience, confirming The Violin Channel’s praise of Yang as “one of the new generation’s most talented young string virtuosi.”
Yang has performed with many prestigious orchestras and in many renowned recital venues worldwide. As a winner of the 2014 Concert Artists Guild competition, he gave his Carnegie Hall recital debut at Weill Recital Hall. More recently, his victory at the Paganini Competition led to concerto engagements with conductor Fabio Luisi and a special recital in Genoa using Paganini’s own Guarneri del Gesù violin.
Born in Indonesia to a Korean family in 1995, Inmo Yang gave his debut recital at age 11 on the Ewon Prodigy Series in Seoul, followed by his concerto debut at age 15 with the KBS Symphony Orchestra. He graduated from the Korean National Institute for the Gifted in Arts in February 2011 and was then admitted into the Korean National University of Arts as a prodigy in music. He studied with Miriam Fried at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he was the only violinist in its highly selective Artist Diploma program. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree under Antje Weithaas at Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin, Germany. Yang plays on the c. 1718 “Bostonian” Stradivarius on loan from a private donor.