Kevin Madison

about

 
 
 

PIANIST

COMPOSER

EDUCATOR

IMPROVISER

LIBRETTIST

 

 

Kevin Madison is a pianist-composer and artist exploring new sounds, improvisation, and alternative ways to perform classical music. He discovered his love for new music while in attendance at Rutgers University. Following numerous performances of student premieres and concerts he organized and performed in, he was invited by Rutgers to premiere his piece chamber symphony (for those holding on) at Le Poisson Rouge in 2016. Soon after, he had the opportunity to premiere his solo piano work room for milk at Carnegie Hall, recounted as "a fascinating piece" by the NY Concert Review, also reviewing him as "off to a promising start." In the same year he won first prize in the Jan and Beattie Wood Concerto Competition and the Zimmerli Foundation Solo Piano competition. He earned the opportunity to play Beethoven's 3rd concerto with the Brevard Music Center Orchestra as well as a solo recital. Following his performances at Brevard, he has been featured three times on WQXR, for his performances of Beethoven, Scriabin, and his own solo piano work him calling, deemed a "very personal contemplation" on the air.

In the Fall of 2018, he's going on tour to California and Texas playing keys on Evan Ziporyn's Blackstar project, an arrangement of music by David Bowie. He's premiered over 50 new works by young composers in the course of 3 years and started the undergraduate new music ensemble at Rutgers, now an officially accredited course by the university. In May of 2018, he was featured as a soloist at the annual New Music Gathering, performing Mool by Eun Young Lee. In the Spring of 2019 he will be presenting a concert of concertos written for him, by composers Rob Rankin, David Dogan, Bahar Royai and Marti Epstein. In an interview with National Sawdust, Epstein said this about Kevin: "He's an amazing pianist, and he asked me to write a concerto. And it’s one of these things where this isn’t a paid commission, and I’d move heaven and earth to write this piece. That will be my labor of love at the end of the summer."

As a librettist, Kevin's work has been experimental, probing issues of politics and power through subversive methods. Steven Moreno's opera Planet Mool Comes to Visit premiered at Rutgers in 2017, featuring the aliens OopTee and BeeBee who were given strict orders to colonize Earth by their leader, MeeMod. Lucas Ranieri's opera Red Light premiered at Boston Conservatory in 2018, in which Angel, a character reflective of issues in queer masculinity, sizeism, and racism has a major identity crisis. He also starred as Angel, a role written specifically for his voice and its abilities. Both operas used poetry and libretti by Kevin. 

Kevin sings often, and regularly improvises using all sorts of instruments, often whatever objects happen to be in the room. In January of 2018, he was invited to improvise a live score to silent film Good References at the Museum of Fine Arts. You can also listen to a collection of his improvisations here:  RISKING WRONG.

Kevin likes watching avant-garde film, traveling to strange locations, taking photography and trying new restaurants in his time not having fun with music. He's currently finishing up his studies at Boston Conservatory, getting a master's in contemporary classical music. You can get in touch with Kevin at his email: kmadison45@gmail.com. He's always open to new project ideas and collaborations, and is happy to answer any and all questions. 

 

 

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