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Kevin John Edusei

About this Artist

German conductor Kevin John Edusei is sought after the world over. He is praised for the drama and tension that he brings to his music-making, for his attention to detail, his sense of architecture, and the fluidity, warmth, and insight in his performances. He is deeply committed to the creative elements of performance, presenting classical music in new formats, cultivating audiences, introducing music by underrepresented composers, and conducting an eclectic range of repertoire.

In the 2023/24 season, Edusei makes his debut with the Seattle Symphony, Detroit Symphony, and Antwerp Symphony orchestras, conducting a range of repertoire including Beethoven, Jörg Widmann, Richard Strauss, Missy Mazzoli, Zemlinsky, Samy Moussa, Ravel, and a world premiere by Arlene Sierra. He returns to the Indianapolis Symphony; Cincinnati Symphony; Fort Worth Symphony, where he is Principal Guest Conductor; City of Birmingham Symphony; and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C.

In recent seasons Edusei has conducted many of the major orchestras across Europe and the United States, including the Munich Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, London Symphony, BBC Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, and Minnesota Orchestra. He has a long-standing relationship with the Chineke! Orchestra, with which he has appeared several times at London’s Royal Festival Hall. In 2022 he conducted the orchestra on a major tour of European summer festivals, including the closing concert of the Lucerne Festival, performances at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Snape Maltings, Helsinki Festival, and a return to the BBC Proms for a televised performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Edusei is a former Chief Conductor of the Munich Symphony Orchestra and Bern Opera House.

In autumn 2022, he made his debut with the Royal Opera House conducting La bohème, which was streamed across cinemas worldwide, and he returns in 2023/24 for a production of Madama Butterfly. Previously he has conducted at the Semperoper Dresden, English National Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Volksoper Wien, and Komische Oper Berlin. During his time as Chief Conductor of Bern Opera House, he led many highly acclaimed new productions including Peter Grimes, Ariadne auf Naxos, Salome, Bluebeard’s Castle, Tannhäuser, Tristan und Isolde, Kát’a Kabanová, and a cycle of the Mozart–Da Ponte operas.