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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 extension was announced 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.

Robertson is 55 and a native of California who was educated at London's Royal Academy of Music.

He 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. Only the New York Philharmonic is older.

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