Associate artistic director, guitarist, and conductor Kevin Sherwin is an accomplished soloist and leader of orchestral and choral ensembles, who infuses his active concert schedule with scholarly work in music performance practice. Mr. Sherwin is Associate Artistic Director of The American Baroque Orchestra (ABO). He was previously Artistic Director of the New Haven Summer Chorus and Orchestra, Associate Conductor of the renowned Yale Russian Chorus, and was conductor of the Yale-based chamber orchestra, the Academy Sinfonietta. He is also a co-founding member of the Musica Vera Duo with violist and ABO Artistic Director Mark Bailey. He has conducted and performed throughout the United States, including in Boston, New Haven, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, in addition to his solo recital debut at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
As an extension of his focus on Jewish music of the Baroque era, he conceived and conducted a performance of liturgical works by Salamone de Rossi, including his own reconstructions of Italian cantorial melodies from the period. Mr. Sherwin has conducted numerous major works, embracing historical insight and stylistic features of the Romantic era, including Grieg’s Holberg Suite, Elgar’s Serenade for Strings, Fauré Requiem and his Elegy, Sibelius’ Rakastava, Bartok’s Divertimento, and the Duruflé Requiem. He has also assisted in major performances by professional ensembles, such as Cappella Romana, in their 2016 season opener of the Rachmaninoff All-Night Vigil. As a concerto soloist, he has performed major works including the Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez, Villa-Lobos Concerto, and Vivaldi Concerto in D Major, among others.
Among his awards and honors, Mr. Sherwin was cited in 2016 by the Town of North Haven, Connecticut, for excellence in contributing to the musical arts. As well, he has received additional awards from the American String Teachers Association, the Guitar Foundation of America, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts.
Mr. Sherwin is also an active researcher at the Yale Collection of Historical Sound Recordings, where he specializes in the distinctive orchestral and choral performance practices of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In 2016, he assisted in papers presented at international conferences on performance practice at the University of Oregon and University of Indiana, and also presented his paper, “Vivaldi and Rossi in Daily Life,” at the American Baroque Choral Festival at Yale University.
Kevin Sherwin, a graduate of Yale University, has studied guitar with Christopher Ladd, Head of the Guitar Department at the Hartt School of Music, and previously with Tali Roth at the Juilliard School. Mr. Sherwin, during his time at Yale College, served as an apprentice conductor to Mark Bailey. He continues to work with Mr. Bailey on several ongoing projects related to the American Baroque Orchestra, such as Ukrainian Voices: Music of a Nation and the ABO Summer Choral Festival, both of which he co-conceived. His other interests include stage directing, especially for 18th century American and English drama.