Kevin John Edusei
Born in 1976 in Germany Edusei studied sound engineering (Tonmeister), classical percussion and orchestral conducting at the University of the Arts Berlin and the Royal Conservatory The Hague with Jac van Steen and Ed Spanjaard. In 2004 he 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 in 2008 he won the International Dimitris Mitropoulos Competition.
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 programs and cultivating a loyal, trusting audience, and in recognition of these achievements the orchestra was awarded the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal Government in 2018. Edusei made his conducting debut at The Proms (an eight-week summer season of daily orchestral classical music concerts in London) with the Chineke! Orchestra in August 2017 and led its first commercial recording for the Signum label. In 2019 Edusei will lead the Munich Symphony Orchestra on its first tour of China and Korea.
As Chief Conductor at Bern Opera House, Edusei has led many new productions including Peter Grimes, Salome, Bluebeard’s Castle, Tannhäuser, Kátya Kábanová, a cycle of the Mozart Da Ponte operas – described in the press as “rousing and brilliant” – and Ariadne auf Naxos which led the Neue Zürcher Zeitung to describe him as “the discovery“ of the production. Elsewhere Edusei has conducted at the Semperoper Dresden (Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Hindemith’s Cardillac) and in 2018 he made his debut at the Hamburg State Opera. He has conducted Die Zauberflöte at the Volksoper Wien and Komische Oper Berlin where he has also conducted Don Giovanni. In 19/20 he makes his debut at the Hannover State Opera in a new production of Tosca and at English National Opera in a new production of The Marriage of Figaro.
Edusei has a varied discography, which includes recordings with the Bern Symphony Orchestra, Chineke! Orchestra and Tonkünstler Orchestra, and he is currently mid-way through a cycle of the complete Schubert symphonies with the Munich Symphony Orchestra.