David Bloom is founding Co-Artistic Director and conductor of Contemporaneous, a 22-member New York-based new music ensemble, and will become Co-Artistic Director of Milwaukee’s internationally acclaimed new music ensemble Present Music in the 2019-2020 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 a 2020 Green Umbrella series program.
Especially active as a conductor of new opera throughout the US, he has premiered and toured productions for Opera Omaha (Les enfants terribles), PROTOTYPE Festival (Mata Hari), Beth Morrison Projects (Kansas City Choir Boy, 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 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.
David is also Resident Conductor of The Dream Unfinished, an activist orchestra for social justice that promotes music by composers of color. He serves on the conducting faculty at NYU and is conductor of Face the Music, New York’s new music youth orchestra. He leads frequent educational programs at such institutions as Princeton University, University of New Orleans, City University of New York, Williams College, and his alma mater, Bard College.
“Throughout the concert, conductor David Bloom displayed such energy and passion that it was hard not to get pulled in by his conducting. Watching him conduct is like watching a dance, and everything is perfect, marked by such precision and clarity. Bloom’s leadership at the podium is no doubt a major factor in Contemporaneous’s success.” — I Care If You Listen
“Guest conductor David Bloom brought enthusiastic commitment and exactness to the music he led. The 17 excellent musicians gave each piece played a vivid rendering.” — Shepherd Express, Milwaukee
"These four works ranged in style and structure, but were united not only by their unusual tunings but their spotless rendering on the part of the 21-member ensemble, led by the graceful sensitivity of conductor David Bloom." — I Care If You Listen
“David Bloom conduct[ed] with precise, balletic grace, his hands gathering in each note and sending it aloft.” — Prufrock’s Dilemma
"Under Bloom's skilled hand, the ensemble continued to flourish and maintained a shimmering energy and precision." — I Care If You Listen
“Bloom masterfully articulated the music through wrist and fingertips with the swagger and command of an animation dancer.” — Medusa’s Musings