Pianist and conductor David Štech is currently a doctoral student at the University of Illinois, where he studies conducting and opera coaching. He is the associate conductor of dell’Arte Opera Ensemble in New York City, Organist-Choirmaster at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Passaic, New Jersey, and artistic director of the New York Conducting Institute.
After studying at Northwestern University with Stephen Alltop, Štech was a conducting fellow with the League of American Orchestras, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and Chorus America. He was later invited to Tanglewood, where he was awarded the Leonard Bernstein Conducting Fellowship. There, he worked closely with Kurt Masur, Christoph von Dohnányi, and Michael Morgan. Štech’s other mentors include Gustav Meier, Paul Nadler, Larry Rachleff, and Kirk Trevor. Štech is an alumnus of the Pierre Monteux School for conductors.
Štech has conducted The Florida Orchestra, Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic, Sarasota Opera, New Symphony Orchestra (Bulgaria), St. Petersburg Opera, Orquesta Sinfónica UNCuyo (Argentina), Charlottesville Opera, and Opera Southwest. He has served as resident conductor for the New York Composers’ Collective, Astoria Symphony Orchestra in Queens, and New York Lyric Opera. As a vocal coach, he has worked at the Opera Theatre of Lucca, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and Manhattan School of Music, where he served on the faculty for eight years.