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.