Kevin started conducting whilst a student of the Birmingham School of Music and then, after graduating from the Royal Academy of Music, Kevin formed Kokoro, the new music ensemble of the Bournemouth Orchestras. Within a year Kokoro was resident at Dartington College of Arts, The Anvil, Basingstoke, and also made appearances at the Cheltenham International Festival with Kevin as director working with soprano Julie Moffat in Schoenberg’s ‘Pierrot Lunaire’ and Peter Donohoe and Jonathan Carney in Berg’s ‘Kammerkonzert’.

Kevin initially studied with George Hurst; was awarded a scholarship by the Arts Council of Great Britain to study with Ilya Musin in St. Petersburg, and reached the finals of the Leeds Conducting Competition after being invited to join the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) as their Associate Conductor.

With the MPO, Kevin worked alongside Kees Bakels, Matthias Bamert and Claus Peter Flor as well as a host of guest conductors that included Vladimir Ashkenazy, Charles Dutoit, and Yan Pascal Tortelier, among others, andconducted numerous concerts with performances of Berio’s ‘Sinfonia’ and Adam’s ‘Harmonielehre’ and the symphonies of Korngold, Walton and Moeran creating particular critical acclaim; and with whom he was awarded a Malaysian TV and Video award for his direction of Jocelyn Pook’s multi-media work ‘Portraits in Absentia’.

Kevin has also guest conducted with many leading orchestras, among them the Melbourne Symphony and the West Australian Symphony; the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Opera North and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, as well as the BBC Symphony in their first ever international Proms conducting Sir Andrew Davis and Janice Watson in Walton’s ‘Façade’. Kevin has also directed the Australian Chamber Orchestra, working alongside Richard Tognetti during their residencies in Malaysia, which included collaborative performances with MPO.

With an eclectic portfolio, Kevin has worked with many prominent soloists from the world of classical, jazz and contemporary pop, among them; Chic Corea, Gary Burton, Akiko Suwanai, Daniel Binelli, Sheila Majid, Marc Kaplan, Leonidas Kavakos, Eitetsu Hayashi, Matthew Trussler and Benny Golson, to name but a few.

Numerous nominations from the Boh Cameronian Arts Awards followed Kevin’s establishing of the MPO Forum for Malaysian Composers which has nurtured over 30 emerging composers and 50 new works for orchestra, whilst commissioning dozens of Malaysian composers in the process. In Malaysia Kevin also premiered over 200 works from Adams to Zappa, in concerts that regularly combined film, dance and indigenous art forms in numerous cross-art productions.

The performances of great symphonic music is just one aspect of Field’s many faceted career which continues to see him as collaborator and curator of music in the community with a genuine commitment to music education: establishing the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, an ensemble cultivating the musical development of hundreds of young musicians across Malaysia and helping to provide a vital foundation in furthering their studies abroad, is one example.

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