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, Paris, in 2007.
Rahbee has appeared in concert with orchestras such as the Seattle Symphony, RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Kammerphilharmonie Berlin-Brandenburg, Guernsey Symphony Orchestra, Chattanooga Symphony, Orchestre de la Francophonie, Orchesterakademie der Bochumer Symphoniker, the Dresden Hochschule orchestra, Grand Harmonie, the Boston New Music Initiative, Seattle Modern Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Loja (Ecuador), National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia, Savaria Symphony Orchestra (Hungary), Cool Opera of Norway (members of the Stavanger Symphony), Schönbrunner Schloss Orchester (Vienna), the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, the Kennett Symphony, and the Divertimento Ensemble of Milan. At the University of Washington, he is music director of the UW Symphony and founder of the Campus Philharmonia Orchestras. He has collaborated three times with the Seattle Symphony: in 2015, as off-stage conductor for Ives’ Fourth Symphony (recorded live) and as guest conductor for their Native Lands project, and in March of 2019 he led the Seattle premiere of Páll Ragnar Pálsson’s Quake for cello and orchestra with his UW colleague Sæunn Þorsteinsdóttir. He has collaborated with several prominent soloists such as violinists Sarah Chang, Glenn Dicterow, David Chan and Joseph Lin, pianists Jon Kimura Parker, Ana-Marija Markovina, Yekwon Sunwoo and Jonathan Biss, as well as legendary jazz guitarist Bill Frisell. He has been a guest rehearsal conductor for numerous young orchestras, such as the New England Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, The Symphony Orchestras of the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music at Chapman University, and the Vienna University of Technology orchestra, the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO), and Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestras (RIPYO). He served on faculty of the Pierre Monteux School and Music Festival as Conducting Associate (2014-2016), and has been resident conductor of the Atlantic Music Festival in Maine.
After apprenticing for several years with renowned musician Nikolaus Harnoncourt in Vienna, Rahbee has made informed performances of music of the 18th century a staple of his performing life, in particular the music of Joseph Haydn. He has led performances of dozens of Haydn orchestral works with a variety of professional and student ensembles, on both modern and period instruments, including a multimedia project titled “The Haydn Experience” which makes connections across Haydn’s oeuvre through a narrative concert experience.