Trained as a violinist and violist, David Hayes received his Bachelor of Music in musicology from the University of Hartford and a diploma in conducting from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Otto-Werner Mueller. He also studied with Charles Bruck at the Pierre Monteux School.
He is music director of the Mannes Orchestra, the New York Choral Society, and the Philadelphia Singers; and director of orchestral and conducting studies at the Mannes College of Music.
Mr. Hayes has conducted several operas in Belgium and the Czech Republic. Recently, he led Tan Dun’s Tea: A Mirror of Soul for the Opera Company of Philadelphia. He has led several productions for the Curtis Opera Theatre, including The Death of Klinghoffer, Albert Herring, The Rape of Lucretia, La Tragédie de Carmen, Mahagonny, Happy End, Alcina, I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Il viaggio a Reims, L'elisir d'amore, Gianni Schicci, La Rondine, and Les Noces.
Guest-conducting engagements include concerts with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Washington Chorus, Louisiana Philharmonic, and the Verbier Festival.
Mr. Hayes joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 1990.