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Kevin March : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: Sea-blue bird : for soprano, mezzo-soprano, flute, cello and vibraphone by Kevin March, from the CD Kingfisher

Photo of Kevin March

Artist website: http://kevinmarch.com.au/

Kevin March is an award-winning, Melbourne-based composer, whose works have been performed nationally and internationally by Opéra de Montréal, Pacific Opera, Victoria (British Columbia, Canada), PLEXUS, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Ironwood Ensemble, Halcyon, Sarah Curro, The Arcko Ensemble, the ASTRA Chamber Music Society, Chronology Arts, Brave New Works, and the New York City Opera.

His first grand opera, Les Feluettes, premiered in May 2016 to rave reviews (see website for details) and is scheduled for its second production in April 2017.

He has received grants and commissions from Opéra de Montréal with Pacific Opera, Victoria, Arts Victoria, Ars Musica Australis and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, as well as several ensembles. He is the recipient of the Dorian La Gallienne Prize for Ophélie, and received first prize in the 3MBS National Composer Awards for his orchestral work Kambarang. His works have been featured in the Metropolis New Music Festival and the 7th Sydney Biennale.

His newest chamber work, Une Petite Sonate, composed for PLEXUS, was premiered in 2015. His 40-minute piano cycle Catalogue des papillions and his newest song-cycle Mythweaver were performed by Stefan Cassomenos and Judith Dodsworth in a concert titled Sappho's Butterflies for the 2014 Metropolis New Music Festival. 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 and, in 2011, Kevin was one of three composers featured, along with excerpts from his song-cycle Mythweaver, in the ABC National documentary Modern Muses: The Greeks and New Music.

Songs from Mythweaver have been published in Voices of Australia II, a second volume of Australian art song published by Wirripang. Sea-blue Bird, his most recent work composed for Halcyon's 15th anniversary concerts 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 or has studied under notable Australian composers Richard Mills, Gerard Brophy, Maria Grenfell, and Paul Stanhope. He also currently teaches composition and music theory at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

Kevin March — current to July 2016

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2009 Dorian le Gallienne Composition Award Recipient

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Les feluettes : opera (2016) Commissioned by Opéra de Montréal, Pacific Opera.
Sea-blue bird : for soprano, mezzo-soprano, flute, cello and vibraphone (2014) Commissioned by Halcyon.
Ouvre-moi la porte (viola da gamba as soloist) (2011) Commissioned by Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Ars Musica Australis for performance by Neal Peres Da Costa, Daniel Yeadon.
Digital sheet music sample Water dreamers : string quartet (2009) Commissioned by Ironwood Chamber Ensemble.
Digital sheet music sample Metal angel : for violin & percussion (2008) Commissioned by Sarah Curro.