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Kevin John Edusei

Country of origin: Germany
Birthday: August 5, 1976

About Kevin John Edusei

Kevin John Edusei is one the most impressive conductors of the younger generation. With humor, spirit, and lightness, he forms exceptional interpretations in a broad-ranging repertoire extending from the Baroque to Modern music.

Since the beginning of the 2014-2015 season, Kevin John Edusei has been engaged with innovative programing approaches as the much-respected Principal Conductor of the Munich Symphony. He has also been, since the beginning of the 2015-2016 season, Principal Conductor of the Bern Concert Theater, where he has already led new productions of "Ariadne auf Naxos", "Salome", "Peter Grimes", and "Un ballo in maschera". Edusei attracted international attention when he won the First Prize at the Dimitri Mitropoulos Conducting Competition in 2008, which was followed by invitations to conduct major European ensembles. After his debut at the Dresden State Opera in the 2008-2009 season with Mozart’s "Entführung aus dem Serail", Edusei took over the production of Hindemith’s "Cardillac" from Fabio Luisi in 2010. In 2013, he made his debut at the Vienna Volksoper with Mozart’s "Zauberflöte". In 2016, Edusei will take over the musical direction of Mozart’s "Don Giovanni".

As one of the three winners of the conducting competition initiated by Pierre Boulez and Peter Eötvös, Edusei led Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Gruppen für drei Orchester at the Lucerne Festival in 2007. Marc Albrecht, Kurt Masur, Jorma Panula, Sylvain Cambreling, and Peter Eötvös have been Edusei’s mentors. He has been supported by the German Music Council in connection with the Conducting Forum. He also held fellowships at the Ensemble Modern’s International Academy and the Deutsche Bank’s "Akademie Musiktheater heute".