When David Rahbee began decorating his office after joining the UW School of Music as Director of Orchestral Activities and Chair of Orchestral Conducting in 2013, he immediately put up two posters. One was of Austrian conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt. The other was of British conductor Sir Simon Rattle. Both served as influential way finders for Rahbee during the decade he spent living and working in Vienna, Austria between 2002 and 2010.
“I camped out in Vienna and learned as much as I could,” he says. “I knew that something was missing from my education and I wanted to go to one of the more important places where this genre of music came from.”
This article originally appeared on the UW's Whole U website, the Feb. 6, 2020 Faculty Friday profile.