David Stern (conductor)

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David Stern in 2009

David Stern (born May 21, 1963) is an American conductor and co-founder of the ensemble Opera Fuoco. The past Music Director of St. Gallen Symphony Orchestra and Opera and Israeli Opera, he has been the Chief Conductor of Palm Beach Opera since 2015.

Life and career[edit]

Stern was born in New York, the son of violinist Isaac Stern and his second wife Vera née Lindenblit. In 1986 he received his BA from Yale University where he was the music director of the Yale Bach Society. He then studied he studied conducting under Otto-Werner Mueller at the Juilliard School, receiving his Masters in Music degree in 1989.[1][2]

He started his career as an assistant to John Eliot Gardiner, then as a principal guest conductor of Concerto Köln with whom he recorded John Field's piano concertos 2 and 3 for Warner Classics in 1999.[3] At the same time, Stern conducted a number of orchestras and ensembles as a guest conductor, including Kammerorchester Basel, and the London Mozart Players, Boston Haydn and Haendel Society, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Seoul Symphony Orchestra, the New Moscow Symphony Orchestra, the Gürzenich Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris and the Orchestra Nazionale de la RAI. From 2002 to 2005 he was Principal guest conductor of the Rouen Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Austrian conductor Oswald Sallaberger.

In 2003 he co-founded (with violist Jay Bernfeld) the Opera Fuoco ensemble, which concentrates on the 18th- and 19th- century operatic and vocal repertoire using period instruments.[4] Stern was Music Director of the St. Gallen Symphony Orchestra and Opera in Switzerland until the 2011/12 season when he was succeeded by Otto Tausk.[5] From 2008 until 2014 he was also Music Director of the Israeli Opera. In 2015 he was appointed Chief Conductor of Palm Beach Opera.[6][7]


  1. ^ New York Times (14 April 1986). "Stern Plays for Stern at Yale Concert". Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  2. ^ Rosenthal, Larry (14 October 1989). "Son Of Famed Violinist Takes Up Baton As Career". The Hour (via Associated Press). Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  3. ^ Radio France (2014). "David Stern, Chef d'orchestre américain (1963)". Retrieved 15 June 2016 (French).
  4. ^ O'Donnell, Aidan (7 February 2009). "Franco-American opera company takes on Mozart's “first-class manipulator”". Radio France Internationale. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  5. ^ Konzert und Theater St. Gallen. Sinfonieorchester St.Gallen. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  6. ^ Sjostrom, Jan (6 March 2015). "Palm Beach Opera hires chief conductor". Palm Beach Daily News
  7. ^ Kaye, Helen (28 September 2009). "Israel Opera hires David Stern, secures Domingo". Jerusalem Post, Retrieved 15 June 2016.

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