Kevin Purcell
Conductor & Musical Director
"The superb Bratislava Studio Symphony Orchestra, magisterially conducted by Kevin Purcell, who also helms the Synchron Stage Orchestra of Vienna in the first four tracks of the CD, plays Broadstock’s and Schwartz’s eminently tonal, richly melodic music with the same care it would give a Beethoven symphony."

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Kevin Purcell is
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BIOGRAPHY
Kevin Purcell is one of Australia’s most distinguished and awarded orchestral and opera conductors. Currently, Kevin serves as musical director for the Australian Discovery Orchestra—one of the world's most innovative orchestral ensembles (www.australiandiscoveryorchestra.com)—whilst maintaining an active freelance career in the USA.
A critically received new record of the music of Nan Schwartz, 5-time Grammy nominee and Grammy Award winner, and 7-time Emmy nominated composer was released in March 2018 on the Divine Art Record label. Kevin is presently working on a new record showcasing the upcoming generation of ASCAP musical theatre songwriters for worldwide release in early 2019, as well as a new series of premiere recordings of one-Act television operas commissioned throughout the 1950s and 1960s by the BBC.
The inaugural recipient of the Australian Music Foundation 'Sir Charles Mackerras Prize' (1995) and the Tait Memorial Trust Award in London (1996) were preceded by a prestigious scholarship to study conducting at the Moscow Conservatory (1992), and Opera Australia's Willem van Otterloo Scholarship and the Bellhouse Conducting Prize (1993). Graduate conducting studies at the Janáček Academy of Music with Otakar Trhlík followed, culminating with a Masters degree in orchestral conducting at Bard College under Harold Farberman.
In Europe, Kevin has conducted Ensemble Intercontemporain at the Paris Conservatory, Hradec Králove Filharmonie, Beethoven Chamber Orchestra, Königsgrätz Philharmonic, West Bohemia Symphony Orchestra, Georgian State Television and Radio Orchestra, Dinu Lipatti Philarmonic and the Silesian State Opera amongst others.
Drawn to contemporary musical theatre whilst living in London, Kevin’s introduction to West End theatre came courtesy of Cameron Mackintosh and the Really Useful Group when invited to take over musical direction of the long-running production of 'CATS' at the New London Theatre in the mid-90s. In July 2003 Kevin renewed his association for RUG as musical director for the South Korean premiere of this show. More recently Kevin has conducted 'Wicked' at London's Apollo Victoria theatre and was the original musical director for the first national UK/Eire tour in 2013.
Kevin's orchestrations and arrangements are performed by numerous American symphony orchestras.

REVIEWS
"The superb Bratislava Studio Symphony Orchestra, magisterially conducted by Kevin Purcell, who also helms the Synchron Stage Orchestra of Vienna in the first four tracks of the CD, plays Broadstock’s and Schwartz’s eminently tonal, richly melodic music with the same care it would give a Beethoven symphony."
Review of Beethoven Symphony No. 9, Peter Donnelly, The Mercury (Tasmania)
"Purcell conducts the 24-piece orchestra with crystalline clarity, lilting rhythm and passion"
Michael Grossberg, Columbus Dispatch (OH)
"The elegant and stylish conductor was Kevin Purcell. He got to the core of the music."
— Michael Dawney, Evening Echo (Bournemouth, UK)

DISCOGRAPHY
Schwartz & Broadstock: Orchestral Works
Kevin Purcell, conductor
Divine Art Recordings Group