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 "energy and passion" (I Care If You Listen) as well as his "enthusiastic commitment and exactness" (Shepherd Express), 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, Museum of Modern Art, Walker Art Center, Merkin Concert Hall, and Bang on a Can. He is a frequent guest conductor for NOW Ensemble, Hotel Elefant, and Present Music, among others. He has worked with such composers as Donnacha Dennehy, Judd Greenstein, Gabrielle Herbst, Yotam Haber, Dylan Mattingly, Andrew Norman, and Julia Wolfe and regularly works outside of the classical realm with such artists as Jherek Bischoff, David Byrne, and Courtney Love.
Especially active as a conductor of new opera and theater works throughout the US and Canada, David regularly conducts productions for PROTOTYPE Festival, Experiments in Opera, Beth Morrison Projects, American Opera Projects, Pig Iron Theater, and Opera on Tap. He has recorded for the Innova, New Amsterdam, Mexican Summer, Mona, and Starkland labels.
Also a passionate educator, David is orchestral and special projects conductor for Face the Music, the nation's only youth music program dedicated to the work of living composers. He also conducts the orchestra and opera programs at Special Music School High School. Along with Contemporaneous, he leads frequent educational programs for students of all ages in the areas where the ensemble performs, including residencies at 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
“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