Classical Voice Adjudicators

 

Kevin Zakresky

Hailed as “un jeune chef très talentueux” by Radio-Canada, Kevin Zakresky is a conductor living in Vancouver, British Columbia. He has recently been the conductor of the National Geographic "Symphony For Our World," debuting the concert in San Francisco's Davies Symphony Hall on Earth Day 2018 and continuing to perform the work in San Jose, Chicago, Madison, Minneapolis, Houston, Edmonton, Calgary, Limerick, Monterrey and Columbus.

He has started as a touring conductor for the Assassins Creed Symphony though the Toronto debut in March 2020 was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. His debut with the Vancouver Symphony in June 2020, conducting the “Heroes Symphony” was also postponed. Other performances of Heroes with the Symphony of Silicon Valley in California will likely be postponed until the end of next season.

From 2016-18 Zakresky was conductor of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses, a tour that saw him conduct orchestras throughout North America, South America and Europe. Zelda performances include London - to conduct the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra in Wembley Arena - as well as Montreal, Philadelphia, Miami, Los Angeles, Dublin, San Francisco, San Antonio, Charlottesville, Fresno, Santiago, Buenos Aires, Birmingham (UK), Toronto, Seattle, Portland, Salt Lake City, Oklahoma City, Vancouver and Pittsburgh.

He is the past Music Director of the Prince George Symphony Orchestra and has guest conducted the St Louis Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Columbus Symphony, Vancouver Chamber Choir, Fort Worth Symphony, Sudbury Symphony, and West Coast Symphony.

In 2017 Zakresky launched Players and Singers, a Vancouver-based ensemble that performs dramatic choral, orchestral and operatic works. Recent performances include Dido and Aeneas, Blow’s Venus and Adonis, and Britten’s The Little Sweep. Next season will include works by Lully, Handel, and G&S.

During his tenure with the Prince George Symphony Zakresky presented soloists Jane Coop in Schumann’s Piano Concerto, and violinist Dale Barltrop in Ravel’s Tzigane and Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending. The Prince George Citizen called his performance of Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Vancouver Chamber Choir “the best show the PGSO had ever done... a rare and breathtaking night.” He also conducted symphonies by Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Beethoven, Mozart, and Haydn, and premiered twelve works by emerging British Columbia composers. Another highlight of his time in Prince George was the establishment of a partnership between the Orchestra and the Khat’san First Nation drummers.

Zakresky received a Doctoral degree in Choral Conducting at Yale University in February 2012; at Yale he won the prestigious Aidan Kavanagh Prize for Distinguished Intellectual Achievement.