David Bloom is founding Co-Artistic Director of Contemporaneous, a 22-member New York-based new music ensemble, and Co-Artistic Director of Present Music, Milwaukee’s long-running new music ensemble. Noted alike for “rock star energy” (Urban Milwaukee) and “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 the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Choir of Trinity Wall Street, 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), Beth Morrison Projects (Acquanetta, Kansas City Choir Boy, Iron & Coal, Next Gen), PROTOTYPE Festival (Mata Hari), 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 activist orchestra The Dream Unfinished, conducting instructor at New York University, and and conductor new music orchestra Face the Music. 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.
“Bloom led the ensemble to an exciting conclusion with some real rock star energy in his motions […] Bloom offered some beautiful conducting, with gestures imbued with meaning.” — Urban Milwaukee
“David Bloom conducts the Bang on a Can Band, along with the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, with impressive virtuosity.” — Medium Culture
“Guest conductor David Bloom brought enthusiastic commitment and exactness to the music he led.” — Shepherd Express
"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
“Bloom masterfully articulated the music through wrist and fingertips with the swagger and command of an animation dancer.” — Medusa’s Musings