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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

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Kevin March is an award-winning composer whose works have been performed nationally and internationally by Opéra de Montréal, Pacific Opera Victoria, Edmonton Opera, One Ounce Opera, PLEXUS, the 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 opera Les Feluettes (Lilies), commissioned by Opéra du Montréal, premiered to sold-out audiences, standing ovations, and rave reviews (see website for details) in May 2016 and was subsequently nominated for a coveted Opus Award. It's 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.

His most recent song cycle, Songs of Remembrance and Resistance, was premiered on One Ounce Opera's 2nd Ounce of Fresh Squezed Art Song in November, 2017. His works have been included in the Metropolis New Music Festival, 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.

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.

Songs from Mythweaver have been published in Voices of Australia II, a second volume of Australian art song published by Wirripang. 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 degree 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.

Kevin March — current to November 2017

Teacher/Influence on

Kym Alexandra Dillon (2010)

Evan Lawson (2008)

Awards & Prizes

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

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Noche Oscura : for soprano, baritone and piano (2019) Commissioned by and is dedicated to Nicole Car and Étienne Dupuis on the occasion of their 2019 Australian recital tour
Digital sheet music sample Les Feluettes : an opera in two parts (2016) Commissioned by Pacific Opera, Opéra de Montréal.
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 Ars Musica Australis, Sydney Conservatorium of Music for performance by Daniel Yeadon, Neal Peres Da Costa.
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.

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