Kevin John Edusei

Kevin john edusei

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Tasteful restraint and explosive energy.
— Kate Molleson, The Guardian
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Kevin John Edusei is one of today's most promising young conductors. He is known for his delicate, clear conducting which creates space for new nuances in a wide ranging repertoire from baroque to contemporary music.

Since the season 2014/2015 he brings exceptional new vision to the Münchner Symphoniker as their chiefconductor and has established a strong relationship with the audience. Since the season 2015/2016 he also acts as chiefconductor at the Konzert Theater Bern where he has led the productions Peter Grimes, Ariadne auf Naxos, Salome, Herzog Blaubarts Burg, Tannhäuser, Kát'a Kábanová and Symphonie imaginaire, a new concert format that he has developed.

He first attracted international attention in 2008 when he won the first prize of the "International Dimitris Mitropoulos Competition" in Athens. Since then he has been invited by many prestigious orchestras as the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Bamberger Symphoniker, the Colorado Symphony, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Tonkünstler-Orchester Wien and the Ensemble Modern. In the year 2017 he had a stunning debut at the BBC Proms with the Chineke! Orchestra.

Following his successful debut at the Semperoper Dresden with Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail he took over Hindemith's Cardillac in the year 2010. In 2013 he presented himself to the Viennese audience with Mozart's Magic Flute at the Volksoper Wien. At the Komische Oper Berlin Edusei took over the productions of Don Giovanni and Die Zauberflöte. At the NTR ZaterdagMatinee at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam he led a spectacular concert performance of John Adams' Nixon in China in 2017. In 2018 he had a splendid debut at the Hamburg State Opera.

He was a prizewinner of the 2007 Lucerne Festival's conducting competition under the artistic direction of Pierre Boulez. During the Aspen Music Festival 2004 maestro David Zinman awarded him the fellowship for the American Academy of Conducting.

Kevin John Edusei received important artistical guidance from maestros Jac van Steen, Ed Spanjaard, 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".