American conductor David Briskin is Music Director and Principal Conductor of the National Ballet of Canada, a position he has held since 2006. He made his Royal Ballet debut in 2013 conducting Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and has since returned to conduct The Winter’s Tale. In the 2015/16 Season he conducts The Winter’s Tale for the Company.
Briskin studied at the Indiana University School of Music, the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and Queens College, City University of New York. Positions include conductor for the Julliard School’s Dance Division 1993–2005, Music Director of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and conductor for American Ballet Theatre 1998–2005. He has worked prolifically as a guest conductor, with such companies as New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Houston Ballet. He was a professor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music for six years.
Briskin has conducted around the world in opera and in concert, with such orchestras as the Pittsburgh, Detroit, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Windsor and Shanghai symphony orchestras and the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, and with such opera companies as Calgary Opera, Manitoba Opera and Opera Carolina.