Kevin Bishop | Violin, Viola
Violinist, violist, conductor, composer, and educator Kevin Bishop has been referred to as “an enthusiastic young violist” by Chamber Music Magazine and a “brilliant young entrepreneur” by Classical KUSC FM Los Angeles. As an international competition winner, Kevin played a recital at Carnegie Hall and at Lincoln Center. He has performed, conducted, and taught masterclasses in Bolivia, Brazil, England, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Afghanistan, and both coasts of the USA. He has been guest lecturer at the New England Conservatory in Boston the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin, Germany, and has led a panel at the Chamber Music America national conference. He has three times been director of the CMEA Connecticut All-State Elementary Honor Orchestra, spent four summers as chamber orchestra conductor at Arizona’s Strings Del Rio Festival and led music enrichment for the BELL ‘Building Educated Leaders for Life’ summer program in Providence, RI. He has played viola in everything from the complete chamber music of Brahms with the Southern California Brahms Festival to on stage with the Foo Fighters at the Grammy Awards. He has appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered, BBC Radio 3 in the UK, and countless local stations in the USA, South America, Afghanistan, and Europe.
Kevin’s primary interest is in the power of music education to aid in community building, personal elevation, and reconstruction. Kevin spent a year in Kabul, Afghanistan where he was Director of Orchestral Studies at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music. He led the country’s only orchestra and oversaw their revolutionary all-female ensemble. He also taught conducting, orchestration, violin, and viola. Kevin coached the country's first two female conductors as they led the Afghan Women's Orchestra "Zohra" in a performance at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, which was attended by world leaders and watched across the globe. He led the orchestra in sold out performances in Zurich, Geneva, and Berlin. Within Afghanistan he conducted the Afghan Youth Symphony in performances for presidents, ambassadors, and the Under-Secretary General of the United Nations. Kevin also volunteered with an El Sistema music program in Bolivia for two summers.
Kevin is Executive Director of Cuatro Puntos, a non profit organization and musical ensemble dedicated to intercultural dialogue and universal access through the performance, writing, and teaching of music. He has previously been on faculty for the Hartt School Community Division and the University of Connecticut Community School of the Arts. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of California, a Master of Music degree from the University of Hartford Hartt School of Music, and a Certificate in Cultural Diplomacy from the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Germany. More information: www.cuatropuntos.org