David Bloom is founding co-artistic director and conductor of Contemporaneous, a New York-based ensemble of 22 musicians dedicated to performing the most exciting music of the present moment. Noted for his “enthusiastic commitment and exactness” (Shepherd Express) as well as his “graceful sensitivity” (I Care If You Listen), David is a devoted advocate for new music, bringing audiences passionate performances of diverse and genre-defying new work.
David 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 composers and artists as Dawn Upshaw, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, Donnacha Dennehy, Missy Mazzoli, NOW Ensemble, Present Music Ensemble, Huang Ruo, and JACK Quartet and frequently works outside of the classical realm with such artists as David Byrne, Courtney Love, Kimbra, and Iarla Ó Lionáird. He is also Resident Conductor of The Dream Unfinished, an activist orchestra that promotes music by composers of color.
Especially active as a conductor of new opera throughout the US and Canada, David 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 Opera on Tap (L’elisir d’amore), among others. In 2019, he makes his Opera Omaha debut conducting Philip Glass’s Les Enfants Terribles.
He has recorded for the Sony Masterworks, Cantaloupe, Innova, New Amsterdam, Mexican Summer, 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. Also a passionate educator, David conducts Face the Music, the nation’s only youth orchestra focused solely on the work of living composers. Along with Contemporaneous, he leads frequent educational programs in New York and residencies at such institutions as Princeton University, the University of New Orleans, 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