David Briskin. Photo by Karolina Kuras.
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.
"David Briskin superbly conducted the Orchestre Prométhée"
Danses Avec La Plume on Nijinsky in Paris
Prior to moving to Canada, Mr. Briskin lived and worked for 23 years as a conductor in New York City, working in opera, ballet and in concert. He conducted for seven years with American Ballet Theatre at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York City Center and in major opera houses throughout the world and was a seasonal conductor for New York City Ballet. In addition, he has worked with nearly all the major North American ballet companies.
Highly in demand internationally as a guest conductor, Mr. Briskin has appeared regularly with The Royal Ballet, Covent Garden, The Royal Swedish Ballet and The Royal Danish Ballet. In 2018, he conducted three world premieres as part of San Francisco Ballet’s Unbound Festival. Last season, Mr. Briskin conducted the Canadian premiere of Joby Talbot's Everest with Calgary Opera, for which he was nominated The Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding Musical Direction. In 2019, he will join Houston Ballet for their New York City Center season.
Mr. Briskin has appeared with orchestras and opera companies throughout Europe, Asia and North America including the Pittsburgh, Detroit, Baltimore, Cincinnati Pops, Indianapolis, Windsor and Shanghai Symphony Orchestras, as well as Calgary Opera, Manitoba Opera, Opera Carolina, Lake George Opera and Sarasota Opera.
Over the years Mr. Briskin has been extremely active in arts education. In 2008, he was appointed Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music where he taught conducting and served as Director of Orchestral Activities and Conductor of the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra until 2015.
Mr. Briskin has served on juries for the Ontario Arts Council, the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto and Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Foundation. He has been a strong advocate for musical life in Toronto speaking publicly on behalf of the National Ballet, Luminato Festival and the University of Toronto, among others.