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 Engagements

  • You’re the Top - A Celebration of Cole Porter’s 125th Anniversary at the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  Maestro Cole will be the host and pianist of this production.  Vocalists will include Klea Blackhurst, Sylvia McNair and Ryan VanDenBoom. 

 

Recent Engagements

  • 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
  • Boston Philharmonic
  • 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
  • Ravinia Festival
  • 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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