David Bloom is founding Co-Artistic Director and conductor of Contemporaneous, a 22-member New York-based new music ensemble, and he will become Co-Artistic Director of Milwaukee’s internationally acclaimed new music ensemble, Present Music, in the 2019/20 season. Noted for his “enthusiastic commitment and exactness” (Shepherd Express) as well as his “graceful sensitivity” (I Care If You Listen), he is a devoted advocate for new music, bringing audiences passionate performances of diverse and genre-defying new work.
He has conducted over 200 world premieres for such presenters as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Walker Art Center, and Park Avenue Armory. He has worked with such artists as Bang on a Can All-Stars, David Byrne, Helga Davis, Donnacha Dennehy, Kronos Quartet, David Lang, Courtney Love, NOW Ensemble, Dawn Upshaw, and Julia Wolfe. He will make his Los Angeles Philharmonic debut with an April 2020 Green Umbrella series program.
Especially active as a conductor of new opera throughout the U.S., he has premiered and toured productions for PROTOTYPE Festival (Mata Hari, Kansas City Choir Boy), Beth Morrison Projects (Iron & Coal, Next Generation), American Opera Projects (Six.Twenty.Outrageous.), Experiments in Opera (numerous productions), and New Amsterdam Presents (A Marvelous Order), among others. He will appear as a guest conductor in Opera Omaha’s 2019 ONE Festival.
He has recorded for the Sony Masterworks, Cantaloupe, New Amsterdam, Innova, and Starkland labels and is co-host of Imagination Radio, a podcast that explores the significance of music and creativity in our lives through dialogue with leading composers and luminaries in unexpected fields, from cartography to physics to rock climbing. He is Resident Conductor of The Dream Unfinished, an activist orchestra that promotes music by composers of color, and conductor of Face the Music, New York’s new music youth orchestra. He leads frequent educational programs at such institutions as Princeton University, the University of New Orleans, City University of New York, Williams College, and his alma mater, Bard College. Learn more at davidbloomconductor.com.