Dutch conductor and 2022 recipient of the Solti Career Assistance Award, Robert Kahn recently concluded the Conducting Fellowship at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he was mentored by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Conversant with both operatic and symphonic repertoire, Robert has served as assistant conductor with the Juilliard Opera, the Curtis Opera, and the Mannes Opera. Most recently, he was invited to guest conduct Act II of La Bohème with the Academy of Vocal Arts. In the 2021-22 season, Robert served as cover conductor with the Philadelphia Orchestra on several subscription programs, and was invited to assist Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Rotterdam Philharmonic on their European Tour. As a recipient of the Julius Rudel Conducting Award, Robert served as cover conductor with the Buffalo Philharmonic under JoAnn Faletta, returning to conduct the BPO in concert. Robert also served as cover conductor to Miguel Harth-Bedoya with the Fort Worth Symphony. Robert also conducted the Curtis Symphony Orchestra at Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center. In the summer of 2021, 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, which received wide acclaim including Critic’s Pick by Opera News magazine. In 2021, Robert conducted the same work for a digital co-production of LA Opera / Opera Omaha in collaboration with the ICE ensemble. 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. Robert has also conducted new opera works at Opera Philadelphia's Double Exposure workshop.
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 for an educational project 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.
Robert received his Professional Studies Degree in Orchestral Conducting at the Mannes School of Music, 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.