About

Kevin Purcell

Ph.D., M.F.A., M.Mus., M.M. (Bard), PGDip.Ed., GDipM., B.A.

Conductor & Musical Director | 
Composer & Arranger


Kevin Purcell is one of Australia’s most distinguished and awarded orchestral and opera conductors. Currently, Kevin serves as musical director for the Australian Discovery Orchestra – one of the world’s most innovative orchestral ensembles – whilst maintaining an active freelance career in the USA.  He is represented worldwide by Francine Fletcher of Fletcher Associates, a media management company in London, UK.

He originally studied conducting at the Moscow Conservatory with Gennady Rozhdestvensky (1992), with subsequent graduate conducting studies at the Janácek Academy of Music (JAMU) with Otakar Trhlík, culminating with a Masters degree in orchestral conducting at Bard College (NY) under the late Harold Farberman.  Additionally, Kevin studied Opera conducting with British conductor and Glyndebourne music director, Myer Fredman.

Awards include: Opera Australia Willem van Otterloo Scholarship (1993); Bellhouse Conducting Prize (Sydney, 1993); Australian Music Foundation in London Sir Charles Mackerras Prize (1995) and Tait Memorial Trust Award (London, U.K.,1996).

Kevin has previously been the musical director of the original production of CATS at the New London Theatre and for the South Korean Premiere production. More recently Kevin has conducted WICKED at London’s Apollo Victoria theatre and was the originating musical director for the first national UK/Eire tour.

As a composer of musicals, Kevin has worked with his long-time collaborator, book writer and lyricist Victor Kazan on Rebecca – The MusicalThe Stranger from Seville and Castle Gillian.