Kevin March is an award-winning composer whose, works have been performed in Australia and internationally by leading performers and companies such as: Nicole Car, Étienne Dupuis, Opéra de Montréal, Pacific Opera Victoria, Edmonton Opera, One Ounce Opera, PLEXUS, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Ironwood Ensemble, Halcyon, The Arcko Ensemble, the ASTRA Chamber Music Society, Brave New Works, the New York City Opera, Gino Quilico, Stefan Cassomenos, Sarah Curro, and others.
His newest work La Noche Oscura, was composed for Nicole Car, Étienne Dupuis, and Jayson Gillham on the occasion of their 2019 Australian recital tour and was performed in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, and Brisbane. His most recent song cycle, Songs of Remembrance and Resistance, was premiered on One Ounce Opera's 2nd Ounce of Fresh Squeezed Art Song in November, 2017 and was nominated for Outstanding Original Composition in the 2018 Austin Critics Table Awards.
His opera, Les Feluettes (Lilies), commissioned by Opéra du Montréal premiered in May 2016 to sold-out audiences, standing ovations, and rave reviews (see website for details). Its second production, with Pacific Opera Victoria in April 2017 and third production with Edmonton Opera in October 2017 saw more full houses, standing ovations, and glowing reviews. In total since its premiere, Les Feluettes has been seen by approximately 20,000 opera goers and has received more than a dozen glowing reviews. The Montréal production was nominated for a coveted Opus Award and the Edmonton production received two Sterling Award nominations.
His works have been included in the Metropolis New Music Festival (Melbourne) and the 7th Sydney Biennale. Awards include first prize in the 3MBS National Composer Awards for his orchestral work Kambarang and the Dorian La Gallienne Prize for Ophélie, composed for Halcyon.
Kevin, along with excerpts from his song-cycle Mythweaver, was one of three composers featured in the ABC National documentary Modern Muses: The Greeks and New Music. Numerous performances of his works have been broadcast on ABC and 3MBS radio. Ouvre-moi la Porte, commissioned for Neal Perez de Costa and Daniel Yeadon, was broadcast on ABC Classic FM's Sunday Live.
Select works are available through Wirripang and the Australian Music Centre. Sea-blue Bird, composed for Halcyon's 15th anniversary concert series 'Kingfisher,' has been recorded by Halcyon and is available on their CD Kingfisher: Songs for Halcyon.
Kevin holds a Master's and a Doctorate from the University of Michigan where his principal composition instructors were William Bolcom, William Albright, Michael Daugherty and Curtis Curtis-Smith. In Australia he has been mentored by notable Australian composers Richard Mills, Gerard Brophy, Maria Grenfell, and Paul Stanhope.
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