Kevin John Edusei
Kevin John Edusei is recognised for the drama that he brings to his music-making, for his clear sense of architecture and attention to detail. He has conducted widely across Europe, in particular in Germany and the Netherlands, dividing his time equally between the concert hall and opera house. He conducts a broad range of repertoire from baroque to contemporary, with a particular interest in German music from the early romantic period and early 20th century.
Edusei was appointed Chief Conductor of the Munich Symphony Orchestra in 2014. He has been applauded for introducing an eclectic range of repertoire into the MSO concert programmes and cultivating a loyal, trusting audience; in recognition of these achievements the Orchestra was awarded the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal Government in 2018.
In 2019/20 he makes his debut at the Hannover State Opera in a new production of Puccini Tosca and at English National Opera in a new production of Mozart The Marriage of Figaro.
Edusei has a varied discography, which includes recordings with the Bern Symphony, Chineke! and Tonkünstler Orchestras, and he is currently midway through a complete Schubert symphony cycle with the Munich Symphony Orchestra.
Born in 1976 in Germany, Kevin John Edusei studied sound engineering, classical percussion and orchestral conducting at the University of the Arts Berlin and the Royal Conservatory at The Hague with Jac van Steen and Ed Spanjaard. In 2004 he was awarded a 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 in 2008 he won the International Dimitris Mitropoulos Competition.