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 conducts widely across Europe and North America, 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.
Edusei’s 2021/22 season features many debuts - in North America these include the Dallas, Baltimore, Indianapolis Symphony and Minnesota orchestras and at Alice Tully Hall (New York City) with the Juilliard Orchestra, and in Europe; the Royal Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestras, Essen Philharmonic and Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, among others. He also returns to Scotland to conduct a joint concert with the BBC Scottish and Royal Scottish National Symphony orchestras in Glasgow. The 21/22 season marks Edusei’s eighth and final season as Chief Conductor of the Munich Symphony Orchestra and following his debut with the Fort Worth Symphony in September 2021, Edusei takes up the position of Principal Guest Conductor with them from the 22/23 season.
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 Duke Bluebeard’s Castle, Wagner Tannhäuser and Tristan und 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 forthcoming 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.
"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.