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David Briskin



David Briskin in action.
David Briskin in rehearsal for The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2014

American conductor David Briskin is Music Director and Principal Conductor of the National Ballet of Canada, a position he has held since 2006. For The Royal Ballet he has conducted the Company’s co-productions with the National Ballet of Canada: Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Winter’s Tale. In the 2015/16 Season he returns to conduct 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.

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, Opera Carolina, Lake George Opera and Sarasota Opera.