Kevin March is an award-winning, Melbourne-based composer whose works have been performed internationally by ensembles including Opéra de Montréal, Pacific Opera Victoria, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, PLEXUS, Ironwood Ensemble, Halcyon, The Arcko Ensemble, the ASTRA Chamber Music Society, Chronology Arts, Brave New Works, and The New York City Opera.
He has received grants and commissions from Arts Victoria, Ars Musica Australis, and The Sydney Conservatorium of Music as well as several ensembles. He is the recipient of the Dorian La Gallienne Prize for Ophélie, and received first prize in the 3MBS National Composer Awards for his orchestral work Kambarang. His works have been featured in the Metropolis New Music Festival and the 7th Sydney Biennale.
Kevin’s first full-length opera, Les Feluettes (Lilies), commissioned by Opéra du Montréal and co-produced with Pacific Opera Victoria was premiered to sold-out audiences, standing ovations, and rave reviews in May 2016. Later in the same year it was nominated for a coveted Opus Award. It’s second production with Pacific Opera Victoria in April 2017 saw more full houses and standing ovations. The Edmonton Opera will give Les Feluettes its third production in 2017.
Numerous performances of his works have been broadcast on ABC and 3MBS radio. Most recently, a performance of Une Petite Sonate, written for PLEXUS, was broadcast on ABC Classic FM and a performance of Ouvre-moi la Porte, commissioned for Neal Perez de Costa and Daniel Yeadon, was broadcast on ABC Classic FM’s Sunday Live. In 2011, Kevin was one of three composers featured in the ABC national documentary Modern Muses: The Greeks and New Music, which included excerpts from his song cycle Mythweaver, based on the poetry of Sappho.
Songs from Mythweaver are soon to be published in Voices of Australia II, a second volume of Australian art song published by Wirripang.
Kevin holds a Master’s and 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 or has studied under notable Australian composers Richard Mills, Gerard Brophy, Maria Grenfel, and Paul Stanhope. In addition to composing, he currently teaches composition and music theory at The University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.