Kevin March

Kevin March is an award-winning Australian composer whose works have been performed In North America, Europe, and Australia by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, the Ironwood Ensemble, Halcyon, The Arcko Ensemble, ASTRA Chamber Music Society, Chronology Arts, Brave New Works, and The New York City Opera.  Kevin received 1st Prize in the 2010 3MBS National Composer Awards for his orchestral work Kambarang, and the 2009 Dorian La Galliene Prize for his chamber work Ophélie.   Recent commissions include Beautiful Apocalypse, a multi-media chamber opera based on the life of Joachim of Fiore and the 2012 apocalypse, for the Arcko Symphonic Ensemble;, Ouvre-moi la Porte, commissioned for Neal Perez de Costa and Daniel Yeadon by The Sydney Conservatorium and Ars Musica Australis for the 100th anniversary of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music;, and Tango & Terror, written for violinist Sarah Curro.  In April, 2014, a concert comprised of his Catalogue des Papillons (a large cycle for solo piano) and Mythweaver (a song-cycle for soprano and piano based on the poetry of Sappho) will be included in Melbourne Metropolis Festival.  His works have been broadcast on ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) and 3MBS radio, and excerpts from his song-cycle Mythweaver were featured in the ABC Radio National documentary Modern Muses: The Greeks and New Music.

Kevin was born and raised in the United States and completed his Master’s and Doctorate at the University of Michigan before moving to Melbourne in 2004.  While at the University of Michigan, his principal  composition instructors were William Bolcom, William Albright, Michael Daugherty and Curtis Curtis-Smith.  Since his move to Australia he has been mentored by or has studied under notable Australian composers Richard Mills, Gerard Brophy, Maria Grenfel, and Paul Stanhope.  He currently teaches composition and music theory at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.