Kevin Madison is an artist of many disciplines, though he is formally trained as a pianist. Reviewed in 2017 by the New York Concert Review as being “off to a promising start” for his performance of his own work room for milk (2017) at Carnegie Hall, “a fascinating piece”, he is making his presence known in contemporary music. While in attendance at Rutgers University, he and cellist Brianna Tagliaferro created and administered a course which forged collaborations between undergraduate composers and performers; they directed it under the title Split the Lark. In the Spring of 2015, he performed in the premiere of his work chamber symphony at Le Poisson Rouge through Split the Lark. STL is now a stand-alone new music group which Bri and him co-direct in Boston.
His interest in contemporary music began while in attendance at Brevard Music Center in 2013 after getting to meet living composers for the first time. After a 4 year interim, he came back in 2016, winning the Brevard Concerto Competition and solo piano competition, earning him a performance with the Brevard Music Center Orchestra and a solo recital. During both summers, he had the pleasure of premiering works by composers Robert Rankin, Kari Watson, Aaron Mencher, Ben Martin, and himself. His solo piano work him calling premiered in 2017 as part of the Itch Ensemble concert series.
Forays into other art forms include his work as a poet and librettist for the opera Planet Mool Comes to Visit by Steven Moreno, premiered at Rutgers University in 2017, and his work as a performance artist and dancer in the visual and sound installation Demeridia: An Interuniversal Love Experience in 2016.
Kevin believes in the ability of art forms to inform each other and doesn’t want to limit himself to one or the other; being a pianist by training has given him access to all sorts of life experiences, the reflection and expression of which doesn’t end with performing solo piano recitals.
Other accolades include being featured in WQXR’s Young Artists Showcase twice in 2017, winning 1st prize in the Crescendo Piano Competition, and receiving honorable mention in the Caprio Concerto Competition and NJAC’s composition contest. He has worked closely with teachers Paul Hoffmann, Robert Taub, Norman Krieger, Michael Chertock, Janice Weber, and Jerome Lowenthal. Kevin currently resides in Roxbury, MA and attends Boston Conservatory as a master’s student in its contemporary classical music program.