Biography

Kevin Griffiths

hold-1007x859The London-born conductor Kevin Griffiths (1978) has been Artistic Director and
Principal Conductor of the Collegium Musicum Basel since 2011.

The season 2016/17 sees Kevin Griffiths conducting the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland Pfalz combined with a CD production and the Lichtenstein Symphony Orchestra for the closing concert of the Vaduz Festival. Because of his interest in historically informed performance, Kevin Griffiths also enjoys interpreting the music from the Barock and Classical periods. In June 2017 he will conduct the ensemble Musica Aeterna in Bratislava performing on period instruments. He has just conducted the Robert Schumann Philharmonie in Chemnitz and has received an immediate reinvitation. He has returned to the Orchestra della svizzera italiana, to the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, the Jena Philharmonie and looks forward to returning to the Göttingen Symphony Orchestra, the Brandenburg Sate Symphony Orchestra, the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie and the Musikkollegium Winterthur.

Kevin Griffiths has also been a welcome returning guest to many other orchestras including the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the hr – Symphony Orchestra Frankfurt Main, the Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra, the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Badische Staatskapelle, the Philharminic Orchestra Heidelberg, the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, the Meininger Hofkapelle, the Orquesta Sinfonica de Navarra, the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment London and the Hallé Orchestra Manchester. With the Berlin Chamber Orchestra he went on tour and performed in the Berliner Philharmonie.

sideswipe-1212x846As founder and principal conductor of the London Steve Reich Ensemble, Kevin Griffiths has also won international recognition for his commitment to contemporary music. The Ensemble performs at home and abroad and has won the acclaimed Diapason d’Or award for its debut CD under the label CPO. His second highly praised recording with the ensemble was published in September 2011 by EMI Classics.

To be released for the label CPO are four other CD-recordings with works by Haydn, Mozart, Romberg, Hans Huber, Paul Juon, J. Wilhelm Hertel and J. E. Brandl.

Artists with whom Kevin Griffiths has worked include Sir James Galway, Vesselina Kasarova, Fazil Say, Isabelle van Keulen, Giuliano Carmignola, Sergei Nakariakov, Paul Lewis, Alexander Rudin, Dmitry Sitkovetsky and Stefan Dohr, Wenzel Fuchs, Jonathan Kelly, Markus Weidmann from the Berlin Philharmonic. Next season he will be working with Pierre-Laurant Aimard and Andreas Scholl.

up-1062x840Kevin Griffiths has premiered works by composers such as Daniel Schnyder, Lera Auerbach, Elena Firsova, Steven Mackey and Rodolphe Schacher. He contributed to the new discovery of the romantic violin concertos by Paul Juon and Hans Huber, whose works he premiered and recorded. Besides his concert repertoire, he has conducted several opera productions including Ravel’s double bill “L’heure espagnole” and “L’enfant et les sortileges”, “Die Fledermaus” by Johann Strauss and Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”. Kevin Griffiths likes to take part in extraordinary projects, especially in the context of various sciences and astronomy. He has, for example, directed the music to a documentary film about the particle accelerator CERN in Geneva.

In 2010 he won the 2nd prize at the International Conducting Competition ” Sir Georg Solti ” in Frankfurt Main and in 2010/11 won the competition (Melgaard Young Conductor Scheme) for the position of apprentice conductor with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment London.

Kevin Griffiths studied with David Zinman in Aspen (USA) 2004 and 2005, with Colin Metters and Sir Colin Davies at the Royal Academy of Music in London and with Clark Rundell and Sir Mark Elder at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. He has furthermore assisted Sir Simon Rattle, Vladimir Jurowski, Leonard Slatkin, Trevor Pinnock and Sir Mark Elder.

Press Reviews:

The Mindener Tagblatt wrote: “… sensational performance (Schumann ‘s 4th Symphony), which is a par of the exemplary recordings of Gardiner and Harnoncourt.” (Mindener Tageblatt)

The BaZ writes: “the strength of his conducting lies in creating a very soft sound, which gains in beauty in piano and pianissimo, and to which the orchestra finds its way quickly back to after a vigorous climax.” (Fabian Kristmann BaZ).

“Kevin Griffiths made for a historically informed performance. This Beethoven had no oppressive gloom in its luggage, but excelled by brightness and transparency.” (Mindener Tageblatt)

“Fresh interpretations breathe new life.” (Philip Clark – Grammophone on Kevin Griffiths and the London Steve Reich Ensemble)

“Musically, the Collegium Musicum Basel is doing splendidly one year after the young Kevin Griffiths took over as musical director.” (Badische Zeitung)

“The Solti conducting prizewinner Kevin Griffiths excelled at the Museumskonzert in the Alte Oper Frankfurt with Sibelius and Mendelssohn.” ( Frankfurter Neue Presse )

“The audience of the museum society was captivated and convinced of the way that Griffiths combined accuracy and swinging elegance in his conducting.” (Frankfurter Neue Presse)

“It seemed Griffiths would succeed in the race (altogether there had been almost 600 candidates participating in the competition) – The reaction by the audience and his musical qualities made it perceivable.” (Frankfurter Round)

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