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Kynan Johns


Director Assistente, Palau de les Arts "Riena Sofia", Valencia, Spain

Management: Australasia

Faust, State Opera of South Australia
“…Most of all it was Kynan Johns directing the Adelaiide Symphony Orchestra who best understood the sensibility of Gounod’s music.  The warmth, cohesiveness and lyrical openness he brought to the score were exceptionall”.
The Australian, Graham Strahle , 24 August 2015

 "Sheer refinement...So very good, so very young"
Adelaide Advertiser 

"Prodigiously gifted, [Johns] infused the music and inspired the audience into outbursts of acclamation, complete with whistles and cheers"
Adelaide Advertiser

"Emotionally and spiritually fulfilling"
Canberra Times

Kynan Johns, Resident Conductor to Music Director Lorin Maazel and Zubin Mehta at the Palau de les Arts “Reina Sofia”, Valencia, Spain (2006-2010), has established an enviable reputation throughout Europe, Australia, Israel and America. Prize- winner of the prestigious Dmitris Mitropoulos International Conducting Competition (2002), finalist in the Maazel/Vilar International conducting competition (2002) and finalist in the 49th Besancon International Conducting competition (2005), Kynan has conducted over 60 orchestras and opera companies throughout the world including the Cleveland Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras, Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, and is deservedly regarded as a leading conductor of the younger generation.

At Opera de la Scala, Kynan conducted Maazel’s opera 1984, having previously assisted at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden for the world premiere. In 2006, he was engaged by Maazel to conduct performances of Britten’s Turn of the Screw and in December of the same year, stepped in for him at short notice, to conduct Don Giovanni with great success. Through his position in Valencia, he has conducted numerous symphonic and opera performances, including Don Carlos, Madame Butterfly, Luisa Miller, Faust, Turandot and Das Lied von der Erde.

In 2004, Kynan was invited by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, to replace an indisposed Wolfgang Sawallisch in six subscription concerts throughout Israel. His performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 brought forth much acclaim from audiences and musicians with many comparing the performances to Kubelik.

Having served as principal conductor of the Israel Chamber Orchestra, Ashdod, Resident-Assistant Conductor for the Chinese National Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Northern Symphony and Resident Associate conductor to the Symphony Australia network in collaboration with Opera Australia, Kynan made his professional debut in 1997 with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and has since conducted all the major symphony orchestras throughout Australia and New Zealand. More recent engagements include Faust for State Opera of South Australia, concerts for Orquestra Santa Cecilia, Rutgers Symphony Orchestra, Helix New Music Ensemble and Teatro Real, Madrid as well as Cost fan Tutte and concerts in Brunswick, USA.

Kynan’s ongoing relationship with the Limburg Symphony, Netherlands, has seen him conduct symphonies by Sibelius, Shostakovich, Schumann, Tchaikovsky and Walton, and a critically acclaimed German Tour. Other concert engagements have included concerts with Filarmonica della Scala, Orquestra Santa Cecilia, Rotterdam Philharmonic, North-West Deutsche Philharmonie (Germany), Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and Ra’anana Symphonette (Israel), Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Santa Barbara Symphony, LaFayette Symphony (USA), Asturias Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of Colors (Greece).

As an Opera conductor in addition to his position in Valencia, Kynan has conducted Turnage’s Anna Nicole for New York City Opera, Il Barbiere di Siviglia for Opera Australia, La Boheme for State Opera of South Australia, Roméo et Juliet, La Traviata, Street Scene (Weill) and Merry Widow for Rutgers Opera (USA), Turn of the Screw for Opéra de Rouen Haute-Normandie, Die Fledermaus in New York, as well as acting as assistant conductor for the productions of Tales of Hoffman and Madame Butterfly (Australia), Peter Grimes (New Israeli Opera), Fidelio, La Boheme, Simon Boccanegra, Carmen, Don Giovanni, Das Rheingold and Walkure (Spain). He also appeared at the Sydney International Festival conducting Walton’s Façade with Lady Susana Walton as speaker.

Kynan holds a Bachelor of Music (composition) from the Elder Conservatorium, Adelaide, and Masters (conducting) from the Sydney Conservatorium. He has studied with Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, Eri Klas, Peter Eotvos, Ton Koopman, David Porcelijn and Noam Sheriff, and is a recipient of numerous awards including the inaugural Australian Centenary Medal (2003), Queens Trust (2000), Nelly Apt Bequest (1996), ‘Emerging Artist of the Year’ (SA govt 2000) and Young Australian of the Year (1999).

Kynan’s recording of Nicolas Flagello’s Concerto Sinfonico on the Naxos Label was awarded recording of the month by music-web international. Since 2003, Kynan Johns has also served as Director of Orchestras at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Kynan Johns is managed by Graham Pushee: graham@artsmanagement.com.au
February 2017
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