Music Director and Principal Conductor of The National Ballet of Canada since 2006, David Briskin is widely recognized as one of contemporary ballet’s most accomplished conductors, noted both for the range of his repertoire and the insightfulness of his musical interpretations.
Prior to moving to Canada, Mr. Briskin lived and worked for 23 years as a conductor in New York City. He served for seven years as Conductor with American Ballet Theatre leading performances with the company at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York’s City Center and in major opera houses throughout the world. He worked for two years as a seasonal conductor with New York City Ballet conducting more than 35 different ballets and as Conductor of The Juilliard School’s Dance Division for 12 years.
Highly in demand as a guest conductor Mr. Briskin has appeared regularly with the Royal Ballet, Covent Garden, Royal Swedish Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet and Boston Ballet. He returns to San Francisco Ballet later this season to take part in the company's New Works Festival.
Equally at home with orchestral and operatic repertoire, Mr. Briskin has conducted the Pittsburgh, Detroit, Baltimore, Cincinnati Pops, Indianapolis, Windsor and Shanghai Symphony Orchestras, among others, as well as Calgary Opera, Manitoba Opera, Opera Carolina, Lake George Opera and Sarasota Opera.