Biography

Conductor & Musical Director | Composer & Arranger

Kevin is one of Australia’s most distinguished conductors & musical directors, having conducted all over the world for the past thirty years.

He is also an award-winning musical theatre composer and an arranger much sought after for his American Songbook orchestrations for the National Symphony Orchestra, New York Pops, Boston Pops and for artists including, Kristin Chenoweth, Ann Hampton Callaway, Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty, and Stephen Schwartz.

A recipient of a scholarship to study conducting at the Moscow Conservatory (1992) and subsequently awarded the Willem van Otterloo Scholarship and Bellhouse Conducting Prize (1993) to study at Opera Australia with ex-Glyndebourne Music Director, Myer Fredman, Kevin then moved to the UK in 1994. Whilst in London, he was mentored by and assisted Sir Charles Mackerras for several years during which time he also received the Australian Music Foundation in London ‘Sir Charles Mackerras Prize’ (1995) and the Tait Memorial Trust Award (1996).

Kevin studied conducting at the prestigious Janácek Academy of Music (JAMU) in the Czech Republic with Dr. Otakar Trhlík and for several years in the USA with the distinguished American conducting pedagogue, Harold Farberman at Bard College.

In Europe, Kevin has conducted Ensemble Intercontemporain at the Paris Conservatory, Hradec Králové Filharmonie, Beethoven Chamber Orchestra, Königsgrätz Philharmonic, West Bohemia Symphony Orchestra, Georgian State Television and Radio Orchestra, Dinu Lipatti Philarmonic and the Silesian State Opera to mention only a few.

Kevin was appointed to the position of Principal Conductor of the Australian Discovery Orchestra in June 2015. The orchestra’s purpose is to afford professional-level orchestral musicians; not employed full-time in Australian orchestras, the opportunity to perform together in repertoire both familiar and new and, to showcase the works of the most exciting Australian composers. The ADO is one of the world’s most innovative and exciting orchestral initiatives. Its concerts are streamed in high-definition with each event providing immersive and interactive opportunities for a global audience able to be experienced both before and after each performance.

During June and July 2016, Kevin recorded a forthcoming CD of the music of Grammy Award winning and 7-time Emmy nominated composer Nan Schwartz and the eminent Australian composer, Brenton Broadstock for release in 2017.

In late 2017, in conjunction with ASCAP, Kevin will record a new CD of the music of the most prominent and exciting new writers of the American Musical Theatre.

With a life-long passion for musical theatre in all forms, Kevin’s introduction to West End theatre came courtesy of Cameron Mackintosh and the Really Useful Group, when invited to take over musical direction of the long-running production of CATS at the New London Theatre in the mid-90s. In July 2003, Kevin renewed his association for RUG, as musical director for the South Korean premiere of this show. More recently, Kevin has conducted WICKED at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre and was the initial musical director for the first national UK/Eire tour (2013).

His own musical, THE STRANGER FROM SEVILLE received rave reviews in its first limited-season Off-Broadway production in July 2014 and is currently undergoing re-writes.  He is currently collaborating with Kate Forsyth (Book/Lyrics) and Victor Kazan (Lyrics) on the first-ever musical stage adaptation of CASTLE GILLIAN – an Irish love-story by one of Ireland’s revered novelists: Maurice Walsh (author of ‘The Quiet Man’ made famous through John Ford’s iconic film of the same name).

With long-time collaborator, Victor Kazan Kevin is also hard at work on a new transmedial concept theatre project, entitled, THE MAN WITH 100 FACES, based on a story of honor, espionage and the rescue of Britain’s greatest spy.

As Director of Quill & Quaver Associates LLC in the USA, Kevin continues to develop new strategies and applications in Transmedia Storytelling in relation to entertainment futures for Classical Music, Opera and Theatre in the digital sphere.

Kevin is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, a proud member of The Dramatists Guild of AmericaMercury Musicals Development (UK), and an Associate member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT). He divides his time between living in New York and London.

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