Kevin’s playing has attracted praise not just from concert reviewers but also from other leading performers : Wenzel Fuchs, principal clarinettist of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, recently described his playing as ’totally natural, full of ideas with great sound’, while renowned pianist John Lenehan calls him ’a highly compelling performer’ with a recent review in ’The Clarinet Journal’ by British clarinettist David Campbell praising Kevin’s ’beautiful tone as well as technical authority’.
A 2007 highlight was his invitation from the International Clarinet Association to give a recital at its annual convention (ClarinetFest) in Canada. He was also invited to be a ’Making Music Selected Artist’ for the Autumn to Spring 2007-8 concert season in the UK.
Kevin gives clarinet recitals in the UK and abroad, including Canada and the US. He plays Vandoren reeds and mouthpieces.
Kevin’s chamber-music partners have included musicians from the New York Philharmonic, London Symphony and BBC Orchestras, and pianists John Lenehan, Nigel Clayton and Evelina Puzaite, to name but a few.
Kevin’s graduate studies took place at the University of York BA (hons) and the Royal Northern College of Music. He gained a performers’ diploma ALCM (distinction) age 15.
Prizes and Awards
• Sir James Heywood Exhibition for Kevin’s performance of the Weber
2nd Clarinet Concerto.
• Awarded a bursary by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.
• Commendation in Vienna as the best principal clarinettist at the World
Festival of Music for Youth.
Teachers : John Davie, Lesley Schatzberger, Alan Hacker, Kevin Banks and Paul Dintinger.