Kevin John Edusei is praised repeatedly for the drama and tension that he brings to his music-making, for his clear sense of architecture and attention to detail.
A suave and elegant figure on the podium, he has conducted widely across Europe, in particular in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands, dividing his time equally between the concert hall and opera house. He conducts a broad range of repertoire from the baroque to the contemporary, with a particular interest in German music from the early romantic period and early Twentieth Century. He is Chief Conductor of the Munich Symphony Orchestra and this summer concludes his tenure as Chief Conductor at Bern Opera House with a new production of Tristan and Isolde.
Highlights of Edusei’s symphonic engagements include the Rotterdam Philharmonic, with whom he conducted the European premiere of John Luther Adams's large-scale work Become Desert, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Bamberg Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra and in the United States the Colorado Symphony. In 2017 he made his debut at the BBC Proms with the Chineke! Orchestra, and in the same year conducted John Adams’s Nixon in China at the Zaterdag Matinee at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.
Edusei was appointed Chief Conductor of the Munich Symphony Orchestra in 2014. He has been applauded for introducing an eclectic range of repertoire into the MSO concert programmes and cultivating a loyal, trusting audience, and in recognition of these achievements the orchestra was awarded the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal Government in 2018. In 2019 Edusei will lead the Munich Symphony Orchestra on their first tour of China and Korea.
As Chief Conductor at Bern Opera House, Edusei has led many new productions including Peter Grimes, Salome, Bluebeard’s Castle, Tannhäuser, Kátya Kábanová, a cycle of the Mozart Da Ponte operas - described in the press as “rousing and brilliant” - and Ariadne auf Naxos which led the Neue Zürcher Zeitung to describe him as “the discovery“ of the production. Elsewhere Edusei has conducted at the Semperoper Dresden (Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Hindemith's Cardillac) and in 2018 he made his debut at the Hamburg State Opera. He has conducted Die Zauberflöte at the Volksoper Wien and Komische Oper Berlin where he has also conducted Don Giovanni. In 19/20 he makes his debut at the Hannover State Opera in a new production of Tosca and at English National Opera in a new production of The Marriage of Figaro.
Edusei has a varied discography, which includes recordings with the Bern Symphony Orchestra, Chineke! Orchestra and Tonkünstler Orchestra, and he is currently mid-way through a cycle of the complete Schubert symphonies with the Munich Symphony Orchestra.
Born in 1976 in Germany Edusei studied sound engineering (Tonmeister), classical percussion and orchestral conducting at the University of the Arts Berlin and the Royal Conservatory The Hague with Jac van Steen and Ed Spanjaard. In 2004 he was awarded the fellowship for the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival by David Zinman, in 2007 he was a prize-winner at the Lucerne Festival conducting competition under the artistic direction of Pierre Boulez, and in 2008 he won the International Dimitris Mitropoulos Competition.