Dutch conductor Robert Kahn was recently chosen as the 2019 Conducting Fellow at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he is mentored by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Conversant with both operatic and symphonic repertoire, Robert was the assistant conductor for the Juilliard Opera’s 2019 production of Don Giovanni. Robert also served as assistant conductor of the Mannes Opera for the 2015-18 seasons, working under Met Opera conductor Joseph Colaneri. As a recipient of the Julius Rudel Conducting Award, Robert served as cover conductor with the Buffalo Philharmonic under JoAnn Faletta, and was invited back to conduct the BPO in concert. Robert also served as cover conductor to Miguel Harth-Bedoya with the Fort Worth Symphony. Most recently, he conducted the Curtis Symphony Orchestra at Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center. In the summer of 2018, he was one of twelve participants at the Gstaad Conducting Academy, studying with Jaap van Zweden and Johannes Schlaefli.
Passionate about new music, Robert collaborated with David Hertzberg to conduct the studio recording of his new opera, The Rose Elf, set for release in the spring of 2020. As associate conductor for On Site Opera, Robert conducted a newly commissioned opera by John Musto at the Museum of Natural History in New York City. In 2016, Robert conducted new opera works at Opera Philadelphia's Double Exposure workshop, collaborating with composers David T. Little and David Hertzberg.
With the Mannes Opera, Robert worked on productions of Le Nozze di Figaro, Così fan Tutte, L’Elisir d’Amore, The Rake’s Progress, Vanessa, and Little Women. In 2018, Robert was invited as guest conductor with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. With the International Chamber Orchestra of America (ICOA), Robert conducted a symphonic concert at Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall.
In addition to conducting, Robert is active as a clarinetist and composer. His String Sextet No.1 was performed and recorded in California, and his arrangement for Clarinet Choir was published in The Netherlands. As clarinetist, he has performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.
Robert received his Professional Studies Degree in Orchestral Conducting at Mannes College, studying with David Hayes. Previous conducting teachers include Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Harlan D. Parker, and Harold Farberman. He holds a Double Bachelor’s Degree in Physics and Clarinet from The Johns Hopkins University and Peabody Conservatory.