David Rahbee


David Alexander Rahbee is currently Senior Artist in Residence at the
University of Washington School of Music in Seattle, where he is Director of
Orchestral Activities and Chair of Orchestral Conducting. He is Music
Director and Conductor of the University of Washington Symphony
Orchestra and founder of the UW Campus Philharmonia Orchestras. He is
a recipient of the American-Austrian Foundation’s 2003 Herbert von
Karajan Fellowship for Young Conductors, the 2005 International Richard-
Wagner-Verband Stipend, a fellowship the Acanthes Centre in Paris
(2007), and is first prize winner in conducting from The American Prize
national non-profit competitions in the performing arts for 2020.
Dr. Rahbee has appeared in concert with orchestras such as the Seattle
Symphony, RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Orchestre
Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Kammerphilharmonie Berlin-
Brandenburg, Guernsey Symphony Orchestra, Chattanooga Symphony,
National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia, Orchestre de la Francophonie,
Orchesterakademie der Bochumer Symphoniker, the Dresden Hochschule
orchestra, Grand Harmonie, the Boston New Music Initiative, Seattle
Modern Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Loja (Ecuador), Savaria
Symphony Orchestra (Hungary), Cool Opera of Norway (members of the
Stavanger Symphony), Schönbrunner Schloss Orchester (Vienna), the
Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, the Kennett Symphony, and the
Divertimento Ensemble of Milan. His collaborations with the Seattle
Symphony include assistant conductor for the performance and recording
of Ives’ Fourth Symphony, and as guest conductor for their Native Lands
project and the North American premiere of Páll Ragnar Pallson’s Quake
with faculty cellist Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir. He has collaborated with several
prominent soloists such as Sarah Chang, Jon Kimura Parker, Yekwon
Sunwoo, Glenn Dicterow and Jonathan Biss. He has been a guest
rehearsal conductor for numerous young orchestras, such as the New
England Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, The Symphony Orchestra of
the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music at Chapman University, and the
Vienna University of Technology orchestra, the Boston Youth Symphony
Orchestras, and Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestras. He has
served on faculty of the Pierre Monteux School as Conducting Associate,
has been resident conductor of the Atlantic Music Festival in Maine and
guest conductor at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival.

Dr. Rahbee was an assistant at the Vienna State opera from
2002-2010. As part of his fellowship and residency at the 2003 Salzburg
Festival, Dr. Rahbee was assistant conductor of the International Attergau
Institute Orchestra, where he worked with members of the Vienna
Philharmonic. He has been selected to actively participate in masterclasses
with prominent conductors such as Kurt Masur, Sir Colin Davis, Jorma
Panula, Zdeněk Mácal, Peter Eötvös, Zoltán Peskó and Helmut Rilling, and
counts Nikolaus Harnoncourt to be among his most influential
mentors. From 1997-2001, David Rahbee was founder and conductor of
the Fidelio Chamber Orchestra in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Dr. Rahbeeʼs principal conducting teachers were Charles Bruck and
Michael Jinbo at the Pierre Monteux School. He holds a Bachelor of Music
degree in violin and composition from Indiana University, a Master of Music
degree from the New England Conservatory in orchestral conducting, and a
Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Montreal in orchestral
conducting. He has also participated in post-graduate conducting classes
at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Vienna. His brass are
published by Warwick Music, and his articles on the music of Mahler have
appeared in journals of the International Gustav Mahler Gesellschaft,
among others.

In addition to being awarded first prize in conducting from The American
Prize for 2020, he was awarded 2nd place in 2019. He has also placed
among winners for five consecutive years for The American Prize Vytautas
Marijosius Memorial Award for Orchestral Programming, recognizing his
programming with the UW Symphony and its affiliated ensembles for every
season since he joined the faculty. The UWSO has also been a finalist in
the category of orchestral performance in 2018, 2019 and 2020.
Dr. Rahbee is co-editor of Daniels’ Orchestral Music (6thedition) and
Daniels’ Orchestral Music Online (DOMO), the gold standard among
conductors, orchestral administrators, orchestra librarians as well as other
music professionals and students researching for orchestral programming.