In 2018, at only 22 years old, Kevin wins the First Prize of Geneva International Music Competition, one of the most important and prestigious competitions in the world. He is the youngest clarinetist of all times to get this important award in the history of this competition. From this moment on he gets invited regularly for recitals, chamber music, and solo concerts in important Festivals and tours.
Kevin performed as soloist with Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra playing A. Copland Concerto with conductor Anton Shaburov, in the festival organized by Musical Olympus, Orquesta de Aguascalientes with Roman Revueltas, Bruxelles Philarmonic with Antonio Saiote, Orchestre de Chambre de Genève with Pierre Bleuse and once with Yann Kerninon Orchestre des Nations with Vitor Fernandes and Antoine Marguier, Swedish Chamber Orchestra with Martin Fröst and once with Micheal Collins, Orchestra Regionale Toscana, in a tour with Nil Venditti, and with the self conducted Orchestre de Chambre de l’HEM.
In 2022 Kevin substituted Martin Fröst in a tour, playing Mozart Clarinet Concerto with Swedish Chamber Orchestra, in Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, transmitted live on Bartok Radio, and in Union Hall in Maribor, for the Slovenian Radio.
In 2021 Kevin released his first CD “Façades” with Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Micheal Collins playing C.M. von Weber’s “Concerto n.1 op.73” and “Andante e rondo Ongarese”, Jean Francaix’s “Clarinet Concerto”, Rossini’s “Theme and Variations”, and “Sholem Alekhem Rov Feidman” by Béla Kovacs. The Cd was offered and sustained by Geneva International Competition and Breguet, and the main theme is the joy of living and the facades of life, the different shades of emotions that are expressed in Music, by the different composers. Kevin tried to identify himself as the composers (themselves vedi) and searched for the deepest meaning of life and of music itself, through this repertoire, that signed him from the right beginning of his musical activities.
He had recitals and tours with pianists such as Carlos Sanchis, Chloe Ji-yeong Mun, Thèo Fouchenneret, Lorenzo Soulés, the string-quartet Quatour Voce, and in duo with Vitor Fernandes accompanied by Serika Saito.
He performed in Berliner Philharmonie, Mariinsky Theater, Teatro Verdi Firenze, Montpellier Festival (Festival Radio France), Festival de les Haudères, Festival de Jeunes Talents in Paris, Concerts d’été à Saint Germain in Geneva, Blaibach Konzert Saison, France Musique Auditorium in Paris, Filarmonica di Rovereto, among others, and some of his concerts were recorded for Radio France, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Rai Radio 3, Radio Suisse Romande, Hungarian Radio Bartok, Slovenian Radio.
He has regular chamber music concerts in duo with the pianist Simone Rugani, and they had concerts in many Festivals and concert Halls in Italy, as Perugia Classica, Lucca Classica, Amici della Musica in Florence, Arezzo Classica.
Kevin started to play the clarinet, at the age of eight and joining the conservatory ”Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali Luigi Boccherini” in Lucca, and he completed the Bachelor’s Degree, with the age of 17, with the best marks and honours under the teaching of prof. Remo Pieri. During his studies, he won several local, national and semi-international Competitions, with which he had the possibility to perform and have first recitals. After his Bachelor, he studied with Carlo Failli and Fabrizio Meloni and intensified his learning and entered the prestigious Conservatory in Geneva. After his first Master’s Degree at HEM in Geneva (Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève), completed in 2017 with a special prize, he graduated for his second Master’s Degree Soliste with Romain Guyot in 2019. Besides the Geneva International Competition Geneva, Kevin won Third Prize in Jacques Lancelot International Clarinet Competition in 2016 and in Ghent International Clarinet Competition in 2017, First Grand Prize in the Berliner International Music Competition.
From 2021 Kevin gives lessons and masterclasses in all Europe, and teaches almost regularly in Rome at the International Music School Avos Project, in the heart of the city, Piazza del Popolo.
“Leaning on an exceptional instrumental control, Kevin Spagnolo is known for his surprising spontaneity and his research for freedom, pushing his play until the limits of the possibilities of his instrument with which he more seems to make than one. Curious, roguish musician, trying to share all his feelings with the public, he pursues permanently his discovery of new repertoire, as shown by his recent affection for the chamber music and klezmer music.
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