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composer, arranger, record producer, and conductor, Kevin Kaska is one
of Americas leading young musical talents. His orchestral compositions,
arrangements, and orchestrations have been played by over 50 symphony
orchestras worldwide, including John Williams and Keith Lockhart
with the Boston Pops Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony, London
Symphony Orchestra (five CDs), Royal Scottish National Orchestra
(recorded on CD), New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (recorded on CD),
Maynard Ferguson and his Big Bop Nouveau Band, Skitch Henderson and
the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, the Seattle Philharmonic,
Port Angeles Symphony, Springfield Symphony, Berkshire Symphony, Cape
Ann Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, New Mexico Symphony, Austin Symphony, Houston Symphony,
Jacksonville Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Wichita Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, Modesto
Symphony, Buffalo Symphony, Racine Symphony, Glens Falls Symphony, Fargo-Moorhead
Symphony, Symphony Pro Musica, Orchestra X in Houston, Youngstown Symphony,
Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Cascade Symphony, Doctor's Orchestra of Houston, Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, Bavarian
Philharmonic, Bach Collegium of Munich, Puertro Rico Philharmonic, Silicon Valley Symphony, Panama City Pops, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and
the Boston Metropolitan Orchestra.
In 2012 Kevin Kaska orchestrated music on the Academey Award winning film score Life of Pi.
composer John Debney asked Kaska to orchestrate his music into
a 70 minute concert choral symphony based on the themes he wrote for the
Mel Gibson film, The Passion of the Christ (Academy Award nominated
score). The Passion Of the Christ Symphony was premiered in Rome
with the Santa Cecilia Orchestra and Choir in July of 2005. Kaska has
also worked for John Debney as an orchestrator on the films Chicken
Little, Mummy 3, Evan Almighty, A Thousand Words, Meet Dave, Swing Vote, Zathura, Idlewild, Barnyard, Ant Bully, The Three Stooges, and Everyone's Hero. He has also orchestrated music for the video games Call of Duty III by Joel Goldsmith and the films Transformers 2 &3 by Steve Jablonsky.
Kevin Kaska also orchestrates for film composer Hans Zimmer. He has orchestrated on The Lone Ranger, Man of Steel, The Dark Knight 1 & 2, Sherlock Holmes 1 & 2, Angels and Demons, Madagascar 2 & 3, Rango, Megamind, Inception, Monsters vs. Aliens, the 2012 Oscars, and the mini-series The Pacific.
In 2009 Kevin Kaska was asked to write a big band composition entitled Ballroom Bounce that is in the movie Public Enemies starring Johnny Depp, directed by Michael Mann. He also collaborated on Chicago Shake with Bruce Fowler, Harry Garfield, and Don Nelson.
In 2008 Kevin Kaska was asked to score the music to the drama Jump! directed by Joshua Sinclair. The fim stars Patrick Swayze. The DVD is available on Amazon.
Kevin Kaska is one of the few musicians to hold a Guiness Book of World Records. The World Harp Congress commissioned Kaska for a work that was premiered with the largest harp ensemble in recorded history. Kaska conducted the concert of 232 harps in Amsterdam, July, 2008.
Film composer John Debney asked Kaska to collaborate on the score to the video game Lair (released August, 2007, Kaska wrote additional music for the game). This score was recorded in London at Abbey Road Studios with a 90 piece orchestra. The soundtrack is available in iTunes.
Kevin Kaska's music has also been played by many classical radio stations nationwide including Classic King FM 98.1 Seattle, WUSF 89.7 FM South Florida, WMBR 88.1 Boston, WCRB 102.5 Boston, KFUO 99.1 St. Louis. He also also been interviewed by these radio stations discussing his music.
Kevin Kaska was introduced into the Boston Pops Orchestra at the
age of 21. John Williams approved his work and he was asked to
write for the orchestra. He was commissioned in 1997 to compose a twenty
minute work for narrator and orchestra commemorating the 150th anniversary
of Thomas Edisons birth called The Wizard of Menlo Park. This
work was premiered by the Boston Pops Orchestra conducted by Ronald
Feldman on Fathers Day, 1997 with a lighting show accompanying
the music. Alvin Epstein acted in the role of Thomas Edison.
high school years Kaska was the only protégé of famous Hollywood
composer-arranger Vic Schoen (arranger for the Andrew Sisters,
Irving Berlin, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Danny Kaye, Ella Fitzgerald, Pat
Boone, and Dinah Shore, to name a few). He came to Boston to study Film
Composition at Berklee College of Music. While in Boston, he formed his
own jazz orchestra, playing the music of Stan Kenton. His big band arrangements
have been played by the Harry James Orchestra, Boston Big Band
(recorded on CD), the Buddy Rich Ensemble at Berklee and several other
big bands throughout the country. While in Boston Kaska has also arranged for jazz harpist Debrah Henson Conant and assisted Broadway composers Henry Krieger (composer of the show Dreamgirls) and Galt MacDermot (composer of the musical Hair) on the Boston Conservatory 100th Anniversary Gala Concert.
the Boston Symphony Orchestras Campaign 2000 commissioned
Mr. Kaska to compose a new fanfare; the result was BSO 2000 Fanfare. He
was also asked to write a new arrangement of the Star Spangled Banner
for Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony Orchestra brass
and percussion section for the opening of a New England Patriots football
In 1998, Varèse-Sarabande Records asked Mr. Kaska to re-orchestrate
the music to Superman the Movie for an album with the Royal
Scottish National Orchestra conducted by film composer John Debney
(the score and parts to most of the music had been lost).
conducted numerous concerts including albums with the London Symphony
Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios, and is music director and
conductor of the Boston Metropolitan Orchestra.
Koreas leading male pop vocalist Dongryul Kim asked Mr. Kaska to
orchestrate and conduct his music for an album with the London Symphony
Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios. To this day, more than 2,000,000
of these CDs have been sold.
In May of
2000, Mr. Kaska conducted the Boston Metropolitan Orchestra in
a concert that will appear in history books around the world Summon
the Legends. Jazz legends Maynard Ferguson and Arturo Sandoval
appeared on the same stage with the BMO at the Berklee College
of Music performance center. This ground-breaking concert was a sellout,
with people traveling from around the country to attend.
He has also
given clinics on orchestration and film music, most recently to a master
class at Berklee College of Music and the University of Southern
has produced many albums for Boston classical-jazz label Denouement Records,
he is currently their composer-in-residence. In the fall of 2000, Kaska
produced an album for Boston Symphony Orchestra principal harpist Ann
Hobson Pilot. In spring 2001, he produced an album with the Old
South Brass, Organ, and Timpani ensemble, in which four of his compositions
are featured. Old South Church is the second oldest church in the United
In 2005 the
world's premiere euphonium soloist Adam Frey (www.euphonium.com)
commissioned Kaska for a Euphonium Concertino. Frey also asked Kaska to
write music for and produce an album with the New Zealand Symphony
that was recorded in January 2006.
In June of 2004 Kaska's Knights of the Red Branch was premiered
at the American Harp Society convention in Philadelphia. The work
was commissioned by the Philadelphia chapter of the AHS and written for
Boston Symphony harpist Ann Hobson Pilot, Dallas Symphony
harpist Susan Pejovich, Houston Symphony harpist Paula
Page, and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.
he produced an album of American music with the Boston Metropolitan
Orchestra entitled New England Landscapes. The next year, Kaska produced
an album with Boston pianist Louis Stewart.
Mr. Kaska was asked to conduct his orchestra, the Boston Metropolitan
Orchestra and Choir to commemorate the grand opening of the $50 million
Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston. The performance was videotaped
and broadcast on the Internet.
Communications For Learning commissioned Mr. Kaska in 2001 to compose
and conduct a score to the documentary film Bearing Witness: American
Soldiers and the Holocaust. Boston Symphony cellist Ronald Feldman
The Scottish Rite Freemasons of the Northern Jurisdiction commissioned
Mr. Kaska for an orchestral work entitled Fraternal Journey that was synchronized
with a video commemorating the organizations history. This celebration
concert was performed with the Millennium 2000 Orchestra and broadcast
Kaska produced an album with the London Symphony Orchestra at
Abbey Road Studios with Ronald Feldman conducting. It consists
of a Harp Concerto commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra
principal harpist Ann Hobson Pilot, and a Song Cycle in collaboration
with lyricist, Cliff Schorer. John Williams Essay For
Strings and Trumpet Concerto were also recorded with Grammy-award
winner Arturo Sandoval, solo trumpet.
also orchestrated two off-Broadway musicals for Pan Asian Repertory Theatre
Company in New York City. In 1993, he produced and directed his own show
at the Boston Conservatory of Music entitled The Music of Andrew Lloyd
Webber and Stephen Sondheim with a 60 piece orchestra.
on Kevin Kaska is currently being broadcast on PBS. The film, EROICA!,
shows him composing a Triple Concerto for the award-winning, Grammy-nominated
Eroica Trio. It was premiered with Hans Vonk and the Saint
Louis Symphony Orchestra, November 2001.
Kaskas music has been licensed by the Bose Corporation® to demonstrate
the quality of the companys speakers.