Instrumentalist - Piano | Worldwide
Biography

Pianist Kevin Cole is an award-winning concert performer, musical director, arranger, composer, vocalist and archivist whose repertoire includes the best of American Music with a particular affinity for the music of George Gershwin.

 

Current Activities

  • Boston Philharmonic (reengagement)
  • Colorado Symphony
  • Utah Symphony
  • Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (reengagement)  

 

Recent Activities

  • Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl
  • BBC Concert Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall
  • National Symphony at Kennedy Center
  • San Francisco Symphony
  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Pittsburgh Symphony
  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Nashville Symphony
  • Dallas Symphony
  • Seattle Symphony
  • Albany Symphony at Carnegie Hall
  • Hong Kong Philharmonic
  • Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
  • Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra
  • New Zealand Symphony
  • Edmonton Symphony
  • Wolf Trap
  • Savannah Music Festival
  • Castleton Festival
  • Chautauqua Institute

 

Recent Collaborations

  • Sylvia McNair
  • Dawn Upshaw
  • Brian d’Arcy James
  • Karen Morrow
  • Melissa Manchester
  • John Lithgow
  • Donna McKechnie
  • Christine Andreas
  • Hollis Resnik
  • Klea Blackhurst
  • Kim Criswell
  • William Warfield 

 

Endeavors

  • Gershwin at One Symphony Space: PBS television special – featured soloist with the Nashville Symphony
  • Play It Again, Marvin! - A Celebration of Marvin Hamlish: writer, co-producer and performer with Pittsburgh Symphony
  • Here To Stay - The Gershwin Experience: multimedia concert – writer, co-producer and performer with multiple orchestras

 

Noteworthy

  • Gramophone Musical Album of the Year, 1995 for Gershwin’s Oh, Kay! with soprano Dawn Upshaw (Elektra/Nonesuch)

 

Other Recordings

  • Cole Plays Gershwin – solo piano
  • In The Words of Ira – The Songs of Ira Gershwin – vocal/jazz trio

 

Recent Director and Teaching Positions

  • Pasadena Play House - Musical Director
  • Michigan Ensemble Theatre – Musical Director
  • San Francisco Shakespeare Festival – Musical Director
  • Royal George Theatre (Chicago) – Musical Director
  • Interlochen Center for the Arts – Master Classes in musical theatre vocal performance
  • North Carolina School of the Arts – Master Classes in musical theatre vocal performance

 

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