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Kevin John Edusei
Conductor

German conductor Kevin John Edusei is sought after the world over, dividing his time equally between the concert hall and opera house. He is praised repeatedly for the drama and tension that he brings to his music-making, and for his attention to detail, sense of architecture, and the fluidity, warmth and insight he brings to his performances. He is deeply committed to the creative elements of performance, presenting classical music in new formats, cultivating audiences, introducing music by under-represented composers, and conducting an eclectic range of repertoire from the Baroque to the contemporary.

In the 2022–23 season, Edusei debuts with many orchestras across the U.K. and U.S., including the London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Hallé, Utah Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony and National Symphony (Washington) orchestras, among others, and he returns to the London Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, Baltimore Symphony and Colorado Symphony orchestras. With the Chineke! Orchestra he returns to the BBC Proms for a televised performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and also performs at festivals in Snape, Hamburg, Helsinki and Lucerne. In recent seasons he has conducted many of the major orchestras across the U.K., Holland, Germany and the U.S. He is the former Chief Conductor of the Munich Symphony Orchestra, and 2022–23 marks the start of his tenure as the Principal Guest Conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (Texas).

In the 2022–23 season Edusei also debuts with the Royal Opera House conducting La bohème with Juan Diego Flórez and Ailyn Pérez. He recently debuted with the English National Opera and previously has conducted at the Semperoper Dresden, Hamburg State Opera, Hannover State Opera, Volksoper Wien and Komische Oper Berlin. During his time as Chief Conductor of Bern Opera House, he led many new productions including Britten’s Peter Grimes, Strauss’ Salome, Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle, Wagner’s Tannhäuser and Tristan and Isolde, Janáček’s Kátya Kábanová, and a cycle of the Mozart–Da Ponte operas.

In 2004, David Zinman awarded Edusei the fellowship for the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival; in 2007, he was a prize winner at the Lucerne Festival conducting competition under the artistic direction of Pierre Boulez and Péter Eötvös; and in 2008, he won the first prize at the International Dimitris Mitropoulos Competition.