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David Bloom

About this Artist

David Bloom is a conductor equally at home in orchestral repertoire, opera, and new music, noted for his “intelligence, elegance, and passion” (Opera News), leading “ferocious and focused” (The New York Times) performances lauded for their “rhythmic precision and dynamic forward motion” (The Wall Street Journal) and their “breathtaking and inspired programming” (Shepherd Express). He dedicates his work to collaborating with artists and communities to inspire creativity, empathy, and joy.

He is founding Co-Artistic Director of Contemporaneous, a 23-member New York-based ensemble he co-founded in 2010, and has been Co-Artistic Director of Present Music, Milwaukee’s long-running new music ensemble since 2019. This season, he started as Artistic Director of New York’s Queer Urban Orchestra and Principal Conductor of the orchestras at New York University, where he also teaches conducting.

In such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, MoMA, and Park Avenue Armory, Bloom has guest conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Jacaranda, The Crossing, NOW Ensemble, Ensemble Connect, Choir of Trinity Wall Street, and Kronos Quartet, among others, and worked with soloists Dashon Burton, David Byrne, Helga Davis, Isabel Leonard, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Courtney Love, Hila Plitmann, and Dawn Upshaw. Especially active as an opera conductor, Bloom has led productions for Opera Omaha, Beth Morrison Projects, Tri-Cities Opera, PROTOTYPE Festival, Teatro Grattacielo, Experiments in Opera, the American Opera Project, Opera on Tap, and more.

He has conducted over 400 world premieres and collaborated with such composers as Donnacha Dennehy, Du Yun, inti figgis-vizueta, Michael Gordon, Judd Greenstein, Nathalie Joachim, David Lang, Tania León, Emma O’Halloran, and Julia Wolfe. In 2021, he conducted Present Music in the world premiere of Raven Chacon’s Voiceless Mass, which went on to win the 2022 Pulitzer Prize.