Internationally known conductor and teacher Kirk Trevor is a regular guest conductor in the world's concert halls. Music Director of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra since 1985, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra since 1988, and the Missouri Symphony since 2000 he is forging a strong musical partnership with two of America's leading regional orchestras. In Knoxville, he has broadened the musical spectrum of the Knoxville Symphony during his tenure, adding Pops, Family and Chamber Music series to the orchestra's season as well as the highly-acclaimed Clayton Holiday Concerts. He conducts more than 55 concerts every season with the Knoxville Symphony and the Knoxville Chamber Orchestra throughout East Tennessee. He has been recognized statewide as having brought a new awareness of classical music to the region. He won the Governor's Award for the Arts as well as numerous local awards during his tenure. In Indianapolis, Trevor has created a strong community identity for one of America's busiest Chamber orchestras. In addition to its 9 concert subscription series, the orchestra partners with nearly all of Indianapolis' major cultural institutions in the field of opera, ballet, chorus and the visual arts. Trevor was recognized for his outstanding contribution to the arts in the state of Indiana in 1997 in the House of Representatives.
Born and educated in England, Trevor trained at London's Guildhall School of Music where he graduated cum laude in cello performance and conducting. He was a conducting student of the late Sir Adrian Boult and Vilem Tausky. He went on to pursue cello studies in France with Paul Tortelier under a British Council Scholorship and came to the U.S. on a Fulbright Exchange Grant. It was in the U.S. that his conducting skills led him to positions as Assistant Conductor at the North Carolina School of the Arts, Associate Conductor of the Charlotte Symphony and finally in 1982 the Exxon Arts Endowment Conductor position with the Dallas Symphony. He conducted the Dallas Symphony in a wide range of concerts in the U.S. and abroad, working closely on recordings and musical projects with the late Eduardo Mata. He was subsequently named Resident Conductor through the 1987-1988 season. In 1990 he was again recognized as one of America's outstanding young conductors, winning the American Symphony Orchestra League's Leonard Bernstein Conducting Competition.
It has been Trevor's devotion to music education and his involvement in the training and development of new generations of listeners, players and conductors that he has developed a national following. He has been an innovator in developing concerts for young people that have an energy and relevance. With the Knoxville Symphony he has developed and piloted an STV (Symphony-TV) concert series for junior high school students. He has conducted numerous summer festivals for young musicians, including Sewanee, Dallas Summer Conservatory, Music in the Mountains and Litomysl in the Czech Republic. From 1990 until 1999 Trevor served as Director of Orchestral Studies at the University of Tennessee, conducting the Civic Orchestra, the UT Opera and teaching Graduate Conducting.
Trevor is becoming widely recognized as one of the leading conducting teachers in the world. He has been a master teacher for the American Symphony Orchestra League as well as the Conductor's Guild. In 1991 Trevor co-founded and has been Artistic Director of the International Workshop for Conductors held in the Czech Republic for a month every summer. IWC is the world's largest conducting school, each year training over 80 conductors from 20 countries. He is a frequent guest teacher at Northwestern University and in Switzerland, annually giving a week of master classes at the Zurich and Basel Conservatories.
Trevor's relationship with the Czech and Slovak Republics continued, when in 1994 he was named Chief Conductor of the Martinu Philharmonic in Zlin and continues this season in the position of Principal Conductor. During his tenure he has made 10 recordings for Koch, Albany, Fatra, Crystal and Carlton Classics. He is committed to bringing American composers to disc, recording works by Joan Tower, David Ott, Victoria Bond, Gian Carlo Menotti, and Karel Husa, among others. In 2000 he added to his discography with a complete recording of Copland's opera "The Tender Land" for the composer's 100th anniversary, as well as the Duke Ellington piano concerto, concertos by Niblock and Chihara, and a new miscellany by the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.
In 2000 Trevor forged a new relationship with the famed Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra in Bratislava. With the SRSO he began a series of recordings of American music for the consortium of independent record companies. To date, he has made 7 albums of new American music as part of this ongoing project. Trevor was recently named Principal Guest Conductor of the SRSO, and in that capacity will lead the orchestra in 4 subscription programs and 6 recordings.
As a guest conductor he has appeared with over 40 Orchestras in 12 countries. Recent appearances included the Kosice Philharmonic, Estonian National Symphony, Slovak Radio Orchestra, Pardubice Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon, Virginia Symphony, Riverside Sinfonia in New Jersey, Missouri Symphony, Sofia Philharmonic and Bern Chamber Orchestra.
In the 2001-2002 season, Trevor leads the Knoxville Symphony in 24 weeks of subscription, Pops and educational programs, conducting numerous subscription programs in Indianapolis as well as four weeks with the Martinu Philharmonic. In January he made his London debut with the London Symphony Orchestra. He will also guest conduct the Dayton Philharmonic, the Kosice Philharmonic, the Slovak Sinfonietta and the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra.
Of his interpretation of Jett Hitt's Yellowstone for Violin and Orchestra, the British publication Music and Vision writes:
. . . first class performances by Czech violinist Frantisek Novotny and the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra under their principal guest conductor Kirk Trevor . . .
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