Monday, November 10, 2008

The 12th International "Dimitris Mitropoulos" Competition

The 2008 Dimitris Mitropoulos International Competition for Orchestral Conducting took place in Athens on the 9th of November. Winner of the Competition:

Kevin John Edusei, 32 y.o. from Germany.

Kevin John Edusei with President of the Jury, Arturo Tamayo

Kevin John Edusei conducting

Since the season 2007/08 Kevin John Edusei holds the position of 1. Kapellmeister at the Theater Augsburg. Before he worked on the same position at the Theater Bielefeld. Highlights of his work in the field of opera were the acclaimed productions of Fidelio, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Orfeo ed Euridice, Die Jungfrau von Orleans (Tchaikovsky) and Nabucco. In the season 2006/07 he led the German premieres of Le Toréador by Adolphe Adam and Toshio Hosokawas modern music theatre work Hanjo. As a guest conductor he led the Konzerthaus-Orchester Berlin, the Beethoven-Orchester Bonn, the Residence Orchestra The Hague, the Staatsorchester Hannover, the Staatsorchester Kassel, the Württemberg Philharmonic and the Ensemble Modern among others. In 2008 Kevin won the first prize of the prestigous International Mitropoulos Competition for Conducting in Athens. He was one of the three winners of the 2007 Lucerne Festival's conducting competition under the artistic direction of Pierre Boulez and Peter Eötvös to conduct Karlheinz Stockhausens opus magnum Gruppen für drei Orchester. Furthermore Kevin John Edusei was awarded the Dirigentenforum stipend of the Deutsche Musikrat, the stipend of the International Ensemble Modern Academy and the stipend of the Deutsche Bank affiliated organization Akademie Musiktheater heute. The German Music Council recently put him on the shortlist Maestros of tomorrow. Kevin has been an active participant of the masterclasses of Kurt Masur, Jorma Panula, Eri Klas, Sylvain Cambreling and Peter Eötvös who subsequently invited him to perfom his works in Budapest and Cologne. During the Aspen Music Festival 2004 David Zinman awarded him the fellowship for the American Academy of Conducting. Kevin John Edusei obtained his Master of Music in orchestral conducting at the University of the Arts Berlin and the Royal Conservatoire The Hague as a student of Jac van Steen and Ed Spanjaard.

2nd and 3rd Prize went to Joshua Kangming Tan (Singapore) and to Perry Parkhin So (U.K.).

2nd Prize Winner, Joshua Kangming Tan

3rd Prize Winner, Perry Pakhin So

All photos (C) Akriviadis

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