David Briskin

Music Director and Principal Conductor

David Briskin. Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic.

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 the American Ballet Theatre at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York’s City Center, and in major opera houses throughout the world and was a seasonal conductor for New York City Ballet.  He has conducted 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. Last season, he conducted three world premieres as part of San Francisco Ballet’s Unbound Festival. He has recently conducted the Canadian premiere of Joby Talbot's Everest with Calgary Opera.

Next season, 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.


The Winter's Tale
“The composer Joby Talbot produces a beautiful score bubbling with exotic percussive spices, dancey rhythms, dramatic flourishes and full blooded melodies under the fabulous David Briskin conducting.”
— The Times, London

“Kudos must also go to conductor David Briskin and the National Ballet Orchestra. The music soared to glorious heights in the famous themes from Rimskij-Korsakov’s Schéhérazade, while in complete contrast, the orchestra perfectly captured the edgy modernism of excerpts from the works of Shostakovich.”
—The Globe and Mail

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
“the music, composed by Joby Talbot and rendered with the kind of skill and precision we have come to expect from the NBOC Orchestra under the baton of David Briskin, seems designed first and foremost to serve this fanciful production.”
—Toronto Sun