David Robert Coleman studied piano, conducting and composition at the Royal College of Music in London and musicology at the King’s College in Cambridge (he wrote his dissertation about Alban Berg‘s ›Altenberg-Lieder‹). He received further compositional instruction from George Benjamin in London and from Wolfgang Rihm in Karlsruhe, Germany.
Ensembles across the world, such as the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, the Ensemble intercontemporain, the Ensemble Modern, the SWR-Sinfonieorchester, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra have commissioned works from David Robert Coleman. During the opening festivities of the ›Opernfestspiele München‹ in 2007, his chamber music arrangement of Bloch’s ›Shelomo‹ was performed at the Jewish Cultural Center. Coleman conducted the world premiere of his composition ›Ibergang‹ for clarinet and orchestra with the hr-Sinfonieorchester in 2012.
As a guest conductor, David Robert Coleman has worked with ensembles such as the hr-Sinfonieorchester, the SWR-Sinfonieorchester, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Ensemble Modern, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Between 2006 and 2009, Coleman was Assistant Music Director and conductor at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. In 2010, he transferred to the Berlin State Opera, where he conducted ›Metanoia‹ by Jens Joneleit, Toshio Hosokawa’s ›Matsukaze‹ in a production by Sasha Waltz, and Igor Stravinsky’s ›The Rake’s Progress‹.
In a new production of Alban Berg’s ›Lulu‹ at the Berlin State Opera, Coleman’s new instrumentation of the third act was premiered by Daniel Barenboim. During the 2014/15 season, Coleman conducted ›Candide‹ and ›Footfalls/Neither‹ at the Berlin State Opera, as well as ›Matsukaze‹ in Berlin and in Lille. His children’s opera ›Hans Im Glück‹ (Hans in Luck) was premiered in December 2014 in Berlin.
In 2014, Naxos released a CD with works by David Robert Coleman.
(Status 2015, Source: David Robert Coleman)