Kevin Kaska, American composer, arranger, record producer, and conductor, was
born in Seattle, Washington in 1972. During his high school years he studied
with famous Hollywood composer-arranger Vic Schoen. He studied study film composition at Boston's Berklee College of Music. While in Boston he formed his own jazz orchestra playing the music of Stan Kenton, and his arrangements have been played by several other big bands throughout the country. Mr. Kaska's orchestral compositions, arrangements, and orchestrations have been played by many orchestras including the Boston Pops Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Maynard Ferguson and his Big Bop Nouveau Band, the New York Pops, and the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra.
Among his many written compositions and arrangements are "The Wizard of Menlo Park" for the 150th anniversary of Thomas Edison's birth; a fanfare for the Boston Symphony Orchestra; and 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 game. In addition to composing, Mr. Kaska has orchestrated off-Broadway musicals. 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". 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 California.
Mr. Kaska's most recent work includes writing a Triple Concerto for the award-winning, Grammy-nominated Eroica Trio, which was premiered with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, November of 2001. He has also produced albums with the London Symphony and Boston Metropolitan Orchestras.
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