David Bloom is founding co-artistic director and conductor of Contemporaneous, a New York-based ensemble of 21 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, regularly working with composers and ensembles to bring new works to life.
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, Merkin Concert Hall, and Bang on a Can. He has been a guest conductor for NOW Ensemble, Present Music, ensemble mise-en, JACK Quartet, and Mantra Percussion, among others. He has worked with such composers and artists as Donnacha Dennehy, Lucy Dhegrae, Michael Gordon, Dylan Mattingly, Andrew Norman, Dawn Upshaw, and Julia Wolfe and regularly works outside of the classical realm with such artists as David Byrne, Kimbra, Courtney Love, and Iarla Ó Lionáird.
Especially active as a conductor of new opera throughout the US and Canada, David has led productions for PROTOTYPE Festival (Matt Marks' Mata Hari), Beth Morrison Projects (Todd Almond's Kansas City Choir Boy), American Opera Projects (Daniel Thomas Davis' Six. Twenty. Outrageous.), and Experiments in Opera (numerous productions), among others. He has recorded for the Innova, New Amsterdam, Mexican Summer, Mona, and Starkland labels.
Also a passionate educator, David is staff conductor for Face the Music (the nation's only youth music program dedicated to the work of living composers) and Special Music School High School. Along with Contemporaneous, he leads frequent educational programs for students of all ages, including free workshops for children and residencies at such institutions as City University of New York, 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