German conductor 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 commanding, suave and elegant figure on the podium, he has conducted widely across Europe, dividing his time equally between the concert hall and opera house. Edusei 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 2021/22 Edusei will make many debuts - in North America these include the Dallas, Baltimore, Forth Worth, Indianapolis Symphony and Minnesota orchestras and at Alice Tully Hall (New York City) with the Juilliard Orchestra; in Europe debuts include the Royal Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestras, Essen Philharmonic and Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin amongst others. The 21/22 season will also mark Edusei’s eighth and final season as Chief Conductor of the Munich Symphony Orchestra. Highlights from past seasons include performances with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, Deutsche Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and the Chineke! Orchestra at the BBC Proms and Royal Festival Hall.
In 2019 Edusei concluded his tenure as Chief Conductor of Bern Opera House, where he led many new productions including Britten Peter Grimes, Strauss Salome, Bartók Bluebeard’s Castle, Wagner Tannhäuser and Tristan and Isolde, Janáček Kátya Kábanová and a cycle of the Mozart-Da-Ponte operas. Elsewhere, Edusei has conducted at the Semperoper Dresden, Hamburg State Opera, Hannover State Opera, Volksoper Wien and Komische Oper Berlin. Most recently he made his debut at English National Opera in a new production of Mozart The Marriage of Figaro and he looks forward to making his debut at London’s Royal Opera House in a coming season.
In 2014 Edusei 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 Peter Eötvös, and in 2008 he won the First prize at the International Dimitris Mitropoulos Competition.
Livestreams & Broadcasts
London Symphony Orchestra | October 2020
Mendelssohn: Incidental Music from Midsummer Night’s Dream
L. Boulanger: D'un matin du printemps
R. Schumann: Symphony No.1 in B-flat major, Op.38 'Spring'
Click to watch on ZDF
Available until 31 August 2021
"A bracingly taut Fifth Symphony… under the stylish baton of Kevin John Edusei, everything was played with musical transparency…this performance showed its enduringly warm and lyrical qualities."
“A welcome burst of sunshine, a musical shot of Vitamin D (Mendelssohn)… Edusei cuts a dashing figure on the podium. His wristy baton technique is big and fluid and he cues meticulously…Edusei resisted the temptation to pummel the accelerator, allowing clean woodwind articulation…a reading full of vim and vigour." (Schumann).
Responsible for this was the charismatic, fearless maestro Kevin John Edusei. Equally as ambitious as he was committed, the energetic conductor did not lead us on a ‘Romantic’ journey, as the title might suggest, but rather a breathtaking journey through the mountains of Bruckner’s music, from glowing depths to glistening peaks.