David Stern

American conductor (1963 - )

Conducting both modern orchestras and orchestra ensembles performing on period instruments, David Stern is unique of his kind. His repertoire stretches from baroque to contemporary music, from chamber music to symphonic and lyrical works.

David Stern pursued his music studies at the Juilliard School in New York City, receiving his Masters of Music, and at Yale University where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts. He started as an assistant to John Eliot Gardiner, then as a principal guest conductor of Concerto Köln, while regularly conducting a number of modern ensembles such as the chamber orchestra Kammerorchester Basel and the London Mozart Players. Once he has launched his career, he is now renowned all over the world: he has performed in the Orchestre de Paris, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, The Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne, the Orchestra Nazionale de la RAI, The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Haydn and Haendel Society, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Seoul Symphony Orchestra, the New Moscow Symphony Orchestra.

David Stern moved to France in 1999 and became the first Director of the Aix-en-Provence Festival Academy. In 2003, he co-founded the ensemble Opera Fuoco playing on period instruments, with which he has approached the lyric repertoire. He works in collaboration with young singers as well as with renowned artists such as Jennifer Larmore, Verónica Cangemi, Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, François Le Roux or even Paul Agnew. In 2011, he recreated Zanaida by Johann Christian Bach at The Bachfest Leipzig. As Music Director of The Israeli Opera, he gives priority to the contemporary repertoire and presented, in 2012,The Child Dreams by Israeli composer Gil Shochat at the Wiesbaden Festival in Germany. In 2014, he prepared at the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines theatre the creation of Così fanciulli, opera-prologue to Mozart’s Così fan tutte, by composer Nicolas Bacri on a libretto by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt.
David Stern is the son of violinist Isaac Stern.

Six landmark dates in the life of David Stern

1999: he recorded Field’s piano concertos 2 and 3 with Andreas Staier and Concerto Köln

2003: he co-founded Opera Fuoco

2011: he recreated Zanaida by Johann Christian Bach

2012: he created The Child Dreams by Gil Shochat

2013: he recorded French Romantic Cantatas with Karine Deshayes and Opera Fuoco

2014: creation of Così fanciulli by Nicolas Bacri

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Biography from Radio France’s document database (2014)