Studying at Mannes in New York City, Robert Kahn is a versatile conductor of symphonic, operatic, and choral music. For the 2015-2017 seasons, he is the assistant conductor for the Mannes Opera, working under Joseph Colaneri. As a recipient of the Julius Rudel Conducting Award, Robert served as cover conductor with the Buffalo Philharmonic under JoAnn Faletta for several concerts during the 2016/17 season.
Under Joseph Colaneri, Robert worked on productions of Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, Barber’s Vanessa, and Mark Adamo’s Little Women.
Robert recently conducted new opera works at Opera Philadelphia’s Double Exposure concert, performing at the Arts Bank in Philadelphia. With the International Chamber Orchestra of America (ICOA), Robert conducted a symphonic concert at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall. In May of 2017, Robert conducted Benjamin Britten’s A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra with the Buffalo Philharmonic at a family concert. In the summer of 2017, he was the assistant conductor for On Site Opera’s US premiere of Darius Milhaud’s La Mère Coupable.
Robert holds a Master’s Degree in Orchestral Conducting from Mannes College, and is currently pursuing a Professional Studies Diploma there under the tutelage of 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.