Kevin John Edusei
Kevin John Edusei is one of today's most promising conductors of the younger generation. His exceptional interpretations ranging from baroque to contemporary music demonstrate a delicate, clear conducting with esprit and wit that is based on the accurate knowledge of the score.
As chief conductor of the Munich Symphony Orchestra since the 2014/2015 season Kevin John Edusei brings exceptional new programmatic vision to the orchestra, which satisfies connoisseurs as well as music lovers. Since the 2015/2016 season he is chief conductor at the Konzert Theater Bern, where he already conducted the widely acclaimed productions of Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, Salome and Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes. In 2016 the conductor will take the podium of the Konzert Theater Bern in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera and Tosio Hosokawa’s Hanjo.
At Komische Oper Berlin Edusei will debut with Mozart’s Don Giovanni in 2016.
Kevin John Edusei first gained international attention in 2008 winning the first prize of the prestigious “International Dimitris Mitropoulos Competition” in Athens. As a guest conductor he has been invited by European orchestras as the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Residence Orchestra The Hague, the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, the Tonkünstler-Orchester Wien, the Wiener Kammerorchester and the Ensemble Modern Frankfurt among others.
As First Kapellmeister and associate general music director at the opera houses of Augsburg and Bielefeld (Germany) from 2004 to 2011, acclaimed renderings in the field of opera were the productions of Fidelio, Don Carlos, Aida, Madama Butterfly, La Bohème, Le nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflöte, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Lucia di Lammermoor, Orfeo ed Euridice, Adriana Lecouvreur, Der ferne Klang and Tristan und Isolde.
After his successful 2009 debut with the Staatskapelle Dresden leading a series of performances of Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Semperoper Dresden, he stepped in for maestro Fabio Luisi on short notice in 2010 to take over Paul Hindemith’s Cardillac, which was highly praised by the press. In 2013 he presented himself to the Viennese audience with Mozart’s Magic Flute at the Volksoper Wien.
Kevin John Edusei was one of the three winners of the 2007 Lucerne Festival’s conducting competition under the artistic direction of Pierre Boulez and Peter Eötvös to conduct Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Gruppen für drei Orchester. During the Aspen Music Festival 2004 maestro David Zinman awarded him the fellowship for the American Academy of Conducting which enabled him to work with distinguished artists as Leon Fleisher, Julius Rudel, David Robertson and Michael Stern. Kevin John Edusei received important artistical guidance from maestros Kurt Masur, Jorma Panula, Sylvain Cambreling and Peter Eötvös.
Furthermore Kevin was awarded the “Dirigentenforum” stipend of the German Music Council, the fellowship of the International Ensemble Modern Academy and the stipend of the Deutsche Bank affiliated organization “Akademie Musiktheater heute”.
Further information you can find on his personal website
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