Co-Artistic Directors David Bloom and Eric Segnitz bring to Present Music a dynamic combination of experience as performers, curators, community leaders, and educators. Together, they craft Present Music’s artistic programming, from cutting-edge performances to inspiring educational programs to wide-reaching community events.
David Bloom is Co-Artistic Director of Present Music, Milwaukee’s long-running new music ensemble, and founding Co-Artistic Director of Contemporaneous, a 22-member New York-based ensemble. Noted alike for “rock star energy” (Urban Milwaukee) as well as his “graceful sensitivity” (I Care If You Listen), he is a devoted advocate for new music, bringing audiences passionate performances of diverse and genre-defying new work.
He has conducted over 200 world premieres for such presenters as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Walker Art Center, and Park Avenue Armory. He has worked with such artists as the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Choir of Trinity Wall Street, David Byrne, Helga Davis, Donnacha Dennehy, Kronos Quartet, David Lang, Courtney Love, NOW Ensemble, Dawn Upshaw, and Julia Wolfe. He will make his Los Angeles Philharmonic debut with a 2020 Green Umbrella series program.
Especially active as a conductor of new opera throughout the US, he has premiered and toured productions for Opera Omaha (Les infants terribles), Beth Morrison Projects (Acquanetta, Kansas City Choir Boy, Iron & Coal, Next Gen), PROTOTYPE Festival (Mata Hari), American Opera Projects (Six.Twenty.Outrageous.), Experiments in Opera (numerous productions), and New Amsterdam Presents (A Marvelous Order), among others.
He has recorded for the Sony Masterworks, Cantaloupe, New Amsterdam, Innova, and Starkland labels and is co-host of Imagination Radio, a podcast that explores the significance of music and creativity in our lives through dialogue with leading composers and luminaries in unexpected fields, from cartography to physics to rock climbing.
David is also artistic advisor of activist orchestra The Dream Unfinished, conducting instructor at New York University, and conductor of new music youth orchestra Face the Music. He leads frequent educational programs at such institutions as Princeton University, University of New Orleans, City University of New York, Williams College, and his alma mater, Bard College. Read more at davidbloomconductor.com.
Eric Segnitz is a violinist, composer/arranger, and Co-Artistic director of Present Music. Over Present Music’s entire history of concerts, tours, and recordings, Segnitz has written countless arrangements, scored six films for live performance. As multi-instrumentalist and a founding member of the ensemble, he has performed in virtually every performance from violin, and viola to guitar and hardanger fiddle.
As a soloist, he has recorded the world premiere of Astor Piazolla/John Adams’ concerto Todo Buenos Aires, as well as premieres of the concerto In White and the duo Partita by Kamran Ince. He served as producer and second violinist for the Kepler Quartet’s epic and widely-heralded recording cycle of microtonalist Ben Johnston’s ten string quartets. Fanfare Magazine calls Kepler’s Johnston recordings, “a gigantic contribution to American music… among the most important recordings devoted to music of our time. A milestone in music history.” His recordings as performer and/or producer have been released on the Argo, Innova, Albany, Northeastern, LML, Dargason, Narada, and New World labels.
His composition credits include plays, television, film, and concert works. He has written arrangements for the Carnegie Hall Lullaby Project, multiple productions at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, and string arrangements published by Hal Leonard. Orchestral experience includes the Milwaukee Symphony, the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, and guest concertmaster positions with a number of orchestras throughout the Midwest.
Segnitz also directs many of Present Music’s education programs, serving as the resident composition teacher with Present Music’s Creation Project, and curator and performer in the Arts in Community Education programs. He also curates a Nordic fiddle festival every August in Door County, Wisconsin.