German conductor Kevin John Edusei is sought-after the world over. He is praised repeatedly for the drama and tension that he brings to his music-making, for his attention to detail, sense of architecture, and the fluidity, warmth and insight that he brings to his performances. He 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 2022/23 season includes debuts with the Munich Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Hallé, Utah Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony and National Symphony (Washington DC) orchestras amongst others; return engagements include the London Symphony Orchestra, marking Edusei’s Barbican Centre debut, the City of Birmingham Symphony and Baltimore Symphony orchestras. In recent seasons he has conducted many of the major orchestras across the UK, Holland, Germany and the US and in Summer 2022 appeared with the Chineke! Orchestra on a Summer festivals tour which included Snape, Hamburg, Helsinki, the closing concert of the Lucerne Festival and a televised performance of Beethoven 9 at the BBC Proms. Edusei is the former Chief Conductor of the Munich Symphony Orchestra and is now the Principal Guest Conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.
In Autumn 2022, Edusei made his debut with the Royal Opera House conducting La bohème and he will return in 23/24. Previously he has conducted at the English National Opera, Semperoper Dresden, Hamburg State Opera, Volksoper Wien and Komische Oper Berlin. During his time as Chief Conductor of Bern Opera House, he led many new productions including Peter Grimes, Salome, Bluebeard’s Castle, Tannhäuser, Tristan und Isolde, Kátya Kábanová and a cycle of the Mozart Da-Ponte operas.
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Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo | April 2023
Beethoven Violin Concerto
Ligeti Concerto românesc
London Symphony Orchestra | October 2022
Samy Moussa Crimson
Bartók Violin Concerto No. 2
Stravinsky Petrushka (1947 version)
Chineke! Orchestra & Voices | BBC Proms | September 2022
Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D minor, 'Choral'
The Times, 5 Stars, February 2022
Adams’s huge Technicolor vision [Harmonielehrer] sounded completely convincing, and the conductor Kevin John Edusei dappled the sound like a master technician teasing out details in the grandeur.
Cincinnati Business Courier, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, March 2023
"[In Zemlinksy's Die Seejungfrau] Edusei swept up the players in waves of sound, coloured by harp glissandos and glinting motives in the winds… The first movement was rich with atmosphere, and the conductor was careful to keep its opulent textures transparent. The peaks and swells of the storm scene […] were thrilling.”
Bachtrack, London Symphony Orchestra, October 2022
"The gloves were off for Petrushka. Edusei’s clarity and transparency paid dividends, with nimble articulation from strings and winds summoning the cold fresh air of the Shrovetide Fair. Dances popped rather than pounded, leather boots on the lightest of feet; soaring moments of melodic repose recalled the composer’s debt to Tchaikovsky. Orchestral detailing was outstanding, particularly in trumpet and flute solos."