David Alexander Rahbee is currently Senior Artist in Residence at the University of Washington School of Music in Seattle, where he is director of orchestral activities and teaches conducting. He is recipient of the American-Austrian Foundation's 2003 Herbert von Karajan Fellowship for Young Conductors, the 2005 International Richard-Wagner-Verband Stipend, and the Acanthes Centre in Paris in 2007.
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David recently conducted the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia at the 3rd International Alexander Arutiunian Wind Festival in Yerevan.
David recently conducted the Seattle Symphony in the northwest premiere of Páll Ragnar Pálsson’s Quake, for cello and orchestra, with cellist and UW colleague Sæunn Þorsteinsdóttir.
David was recently awarded 2nd place for The American Prize in Orchestral Conducting (2019) in the college university division, and 3rd place for The American Prize—Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award in Orchestral Programming (2019) for the 2016/2017 season of the University of Washington Symphony Orchestra, placing him among the winners for 4 consecutive seasons. His orchestra, the UW Symphony was also named finalist for the American Prize Orchestral Performance (college/university division).
David is working together with Dr. David Oertel on the 6th edition of David Daniels' Orchestral Music, one of the most important reference books/databases in orchestral music. The website www.daniels-orchestral.com is updated monthly, and the 6th edition will be in print in 2022.
David's recent article “Karl Goldmark and Gustav Mahler: Connections and Influences”, has been published in Sonus (2018) Volume 39, no. 1
Under videos, please check out The Haydn Experience, designed (by Rahbee after an original concept by Sir Simon Rattle) to enlighten and entertain audiences and orchestras with a fresh perspective on Haydn, presenting parts of 10 different works!