“Irish conductor Kevin Mallon gave us a lean and aerobic performance of the Dublin version of Handel’s Messiah with Symphony Nova Scotia, soloists and the Symphony Nova Scotia Chorus… The Christmas classic has never sounded more energetic, lively and precise. The audience response to the familiar yet strangely uncustomary music has never been more enthusiastic.“
Stephen Pedersen, The Halifax Herald
"Mallon is a superbly musical conductor with an intuitive understanding of melody, expression and balance..."
Stephen Pedersen, The Halifax Herald
"Music from the Titanic Era", Symphony Nova Scotia
Kevin Mallon, recently appointed Artistic Director of Ottawa's Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra, has an impressive background that includes conducting studies with John Eliot Gardiner and composition with Peter Maxwell Davies. Kevin Mallon trained at Chetham’s School of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and at Dartington College of Arts. Mallon learned his craft as a violinist with such orchestras as the Hallé and the BBC Philharmonic, and later as Concertmaster with Le Concert Spirituel and Les Arts Florissants in Paris. With these groups he recorded extensively and toured the world. He has performed concerts all over Europe, including Vienna, London, Berlin and Paris, with appearances in Russia, the Baltic States, China, Japan, New Zealand, the United States and Canada.
In 1996, Kevin Mallon formed and became the Artistic Director of the Aradia Ensemble. This vocal and instrumental group has achieved extraordinary success, with 40 recordings for Naxos, all of which have received international praise (including two British Gramophone Editors’ Choice Awards). The ensemble presents a regular concert series at Toronto’s Glenn Gould Studio and makes frequent tours in both Canada and abroad – being featured in 2000 at the New Zealand International Chamber Music Festival, in 2003 at the Musica nel Chiostro festival in Tuscany and to America in 2004. Most recently Aradia has become Orchestra in Residence for the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy (COSI), with Mallon conducting.
Although Maestro Mallon specializes in music of the Baroque period, he is much in demand, conducting a wide range of repertoire. As Music Director of the Toronto Chamber Orchestra, he has recorded over fifteen recordings for Naxos, earning a 2009 Juno nomination for a Haydn Symphonies CD.
Kevin Mallon led Toronto’s Opera in Concert in many baroque and classical operas: Handel’s Semele, Rinaldo, Tamerlano, and Giulio Cesare, Vivaldi’s Griselda, Rameau’s Castor et Pollux and Mozart’s Zaide. He has also developed a specialty in Viennese Operetta, having conducted many performances for Toronto Operetta Theatre (Wiener Blut, Merry Widow and Count of Luxembourg).
Mallon served as Artistic Director of Opera 2005 in Cork, Ireland (2004-2009), formed to celebrate Cork's designation as European Capital of Culture. This company flourished under his tenure, garnering three Irish Times Theatre Awards (Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, Rossini’s Barber of Seville, Verdi’s Ballo in Maschera). The company also mounted
productions of Bizet’s Carmen, Weill’s Threepenny Opera, Lehar’s Merry Widow, and Mozart’s Don Giovanni.
In 2009 Kevin became Special Projects and Touring Conductor for the Odessa Opera in Ukraine. Under his direction, productions of Don Giovanni and Carmen took place in Odessa as well as tours of Holland, Belgium and Spain.
In 2010 Kevin was invited to compose and arrange music for a new TV series – Camelot, another innovative project by The Tudors production company.
Mr. Mallon looks forward to a busy schedule of Guest Conducting engagements both in Canada (Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, Niagara Symphony, Windsor Symphony) and internationally in Ireland, Poland, Hungary, Belgium, Spain, Italy and the United States.
Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra, Ottawa | Artistic Director
Aradia Ensemble | Artistic Director
Toronto Chamber Orchestra | Music Director
Guest Conducting Engagements
Centre for Opera Studies in Italy | Le Nozze di Figaro
Internationale Opera Productions | Don Giovanni
Windsor Symphony Orchestra
Niagara Symphony Orchestra
Symphony Nova Scotia