Kevin John Edusei conducts Chineke! Orchestra on tour in Europe
Kevin John Edusei will conduct Chineke! Orchestra this month on their European tour with performances in London, Brugges, Amsterdam, Antwerp and Cologne, finishing at the Eurogress in Aachen.
The programme features Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Violin Concerto, first performed in 1912 after a particularly tumultuous genesis: totally dissatisfied with the first draft of the piece Coleridge-Taylor wrote to its commissioner requesting that he ‘throw it into the fire’ while he wrote an entirely new work, which, once finished, was then lost at sea on its way to the premiere in America (some even claim that it was the Titanic that the full score and orchestral parts were lost with).
Also appearing with Chineke! is Intermusica imagine artist Abel Selaocoe, who on this occasion will join the cello section.
The tour begins on 7 November at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. It will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and tickets are available here.
The London performance will also be recorded for the release of a disc that will feature Brahms Symphony No. 2 and another work by Coleridge-Taylor, the Ballade in A minor.
This is the first of two Chineke! tours Edusei conducts in the 2019/20 season – in April 2020 they will embark on a major US tour with Sheku Kanneh-Mason as soloist.
Kevin John Edusei joins Intermusica for worldwide representation
Intermusica is delighted to announce the worldwide management of Kevin John Edusei, Chief Conductor of the Munich Symphony Orchestra and Bern Opera House.
Edusei has been described as “charismatic and fearless” (Süddeutsche Zeitung). He is praised repeatedly for the drama and tension that he brings to his music-making, for his clear sense of architecture, attention to detail and elegant baton technique. He conducts a wide range of repertoire from baroque to contemporary, with a particular interest in German music from the early romantic period and early twentieth century, and shares his time equally between the concert hall and opera house.
Edusei’s career thus far has been based mainly in Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands: symphonic conducting highlights have included Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Bamberg Symphony, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic with whom he conducted the European premiere of John Luther Adams’s Become Desert last month. As Chief Conductor of the Munich Symphony Orchestra he has worked tirelessly to push the boundaries of the concert programming and in recognition of these developments the orchestra was awarded the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal Government in 2018.
Edusei has also enjoyed a hugely successful tenure as Chief Conductor at Bern Opera House conducting a wide range of repertoire and this summer he concludes his tenure with a new production of Tristan und Isolde. Elsewhere he has conducted at various opera houses including Komische Oper Berlin, Semperoper Dresden and Hamburg State Opera and looks forward to debuts with English National Opera and Hannover State Opera in 2019/20.
Click below to watch Edusei conduct Peter Grimes with the Bern Symphony Orchestra: