After a summer long search, Orchestra Toronto is proud to announce that we have appointed Kevin Mallon as our new Music Director effective the end of October!
The first concert of our 2013-14 60th Anniversary diamond season on October 20th
will be conducted by guest conductor Shalom Bard with Mr. Mallon taking over
the podium for our December 8th concert; “Holiday Jewels”.
Mallon grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He studied at Chethams School of Music in Manchester and later Dartington College Of Arts and violin at the Royal Northern College of Music. From 1989- 92 he led and directed The Irish Baroque Orchestra and was concertmaster of Le Concert Spirituel and Les Arts Florissants in Paris. In 1993 he accepted positions with the University of Toronto and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. In 1999 Mallon founded the vocal and instrumental group the Aradia Ensemble, with whom he has toured widely, and become conductor of the Toronto Chamber Orchestra. With these ensembles he has made over 50 recordings for Naxos. Aradia has made tours to the USA and Ireland and from 2010 has been the orchestra in residence at the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy.
In 2004 the Gramophone and BBC magazines featured major profiles of Mr. Mallon. His recording of Boyce symphonies won a Gramophone Editors choice award in August 2005 and his recording of Handel’s Water-music and Royal Fireworks Music won the same award in March 2006. Further awards include a 2009 Juno nomination for a Haydn Symphonies CD.
In Ireland he was appointed Artistic Director of Opera 2005, Ireland’s newest opera company, formed to celebrate Cork’s tenure as European Capital of Culture. With this company he has conducted Mozarts Figaro’s Wedding (2005), Bizets’s Carmen, (2005) Weill’s Threepenny Opera (2006) and Rossini’s Barber of Seville (2006), Don Giovanni (2007), Verdi’s Ballo in Maschera (2008) and was three times nominated for the Irish Times Theatre Award. Kevin’s most recent appointments are as Music Director of the Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra in Ottawa (2010), and as Conductor of New York’s newly formed West Side Chamber Orchestra (2011). He also fulfills a wide range of guest conducting engagements, recently including the Windsor Symphony, Symphony Nova Scotia and Symphony Niagara, the Hamilton Philharmonic, Thunder Bay Symphony, Orchestra London, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Cambridge Concentus, Halifax Summer Opera Festival and more. Kevin Mallon is also a composer; most recently writing music for the TV series Camelot.