- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis Symphony music director David Robertson has signed a contract extension that will keep him in St. Louis through the 2017-2018 concert season, the symphony said Tuesday.

Contract terms were not disclosed.

The St. Louis Symphony is considered one of the nation’s best. Robertson has been with the orchestra for nine years.

“The symphony musicians’ extraordinary stylistic versatility, their passion and commitment to music making, and their basic human warmth make this a unique ensemble,” Robertson said in a news release.

Barry Beracha, chairman of the board of trustees for the symphony, said Robertson “has elevated the profile of the orchestra locally, nationally and internationally.”

Robertson, 55, was born in Santa Monica, Calif., and educated at London’s Royal Academy of Music, where he studied horn and composition and, eventually, orchestral conducting.

The symphony has earned international awards under Robertson’s leadership. The 2009 recording of John Adams’ Doctor Atomic Symphony was recognized as the best CD of the decade of 2000 to 2010 by the Times of London.

Robertson is also chief conductor and artistic director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in Australia, and he is a regular guest conductor at the Boston Symphony, Cleveland Symphony, New York Philharmonic and other orchestras around the world.

The St. Louis Symphony was founded in 1880 and is the nation’s second oldest, after the New York Philharmonic.

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