Meet the Conductor: David Alexander Rahbee

David Alexander Rahbee
David Alexander Rahbee (Photo: Xenia Bluhm)

That new face on the conductor’s podium belongs to David Alexander Rahbee, director of orchestral activities at the School of Music for the 2013-14 season. 

A native of Boston, Rahbee studied conducting at the New England Conservatory, Université de Montréal, Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna, and at the Pierre Monteux School. He also studied violin and composition at Indiana University.

The recipient of numerous prestigious awards and fellowships, Dr. Rahbee has appeared in concert with orchestras such as the RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Kammerphilharmonie Berlin-Brandenburg, Orchestre de la Francophonie (Canada), the Dresden Hochschule orchestra, the Boston New Music Initiative, Orquesta Sinfónica de Loja (Ecuador), Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Savaria Symphony Orchestra (Hungary), Cool Opera of Norway (members of the Stavanger Symphony), Schönbrunner Schloss Orchester (Vienna), the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, and the Divertimento Ensemble of Milan.

At the UW, he will conduct the University Symphony as well as work closely with Seattle Symphony Music Director Ludovic Morlot, appointed recently to oversee the UW’s orchestral conducting program.

“We are pleased to welcome David Alexander Rahbee as our director of orchestral activities,” says School of Music Director Richard Karpen. “He is a talented young conductor, and his collaborative approach will benefit our students geatly.”

David Alexander Rahbee makes his UW conducting debut on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, 7:30 p.m., at Meany Theater. More information is available here.