David Bloom — conductor, co-artistic director
David Bloom is founding co-artistic director 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 "skill and musicality" (New York Classical Review), David is a devoted advocate for new music, regularly working with composers and ensembles to bring new and recent works to life.
David has conducted over 150 world premieres for such presenters as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Walker Art Center, Merkin Concert Hall, and the Bang on a Can Marathon. He has worked with artists and ensembles as diverse as David Byrne, Donnacha Dennehy, JACK Quartet, Courtney Love, Dylan Mattingly, Andrew Norman, Present Music, NOW Ensemble, Dawn Upshaw, and Julia Wolfe.
Especially active as a conductor of new opera throughout the U.S. and Canada, David serves as music director for developing and touring productions of works by Judd Greenstein, Matt Marks, Anthony Gatto, and Todd Almond. 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 area 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.