Kevin McMillan, baritone with Gabriel Dobner, piano
Tue, 19 Feb 2013 8:00 PM - Sat, 19 Jan 2013 8:00 PM
Kevin McMillan’s performing career has spanned over 25 years with more than 750 concerts, 15 commercial recordings, a Grammy award, a Gramophone award and numerous Juno award nominations. Critics have praised his “elegant lyric baritone voice” and “singularly remarkable interpretive skills” in appearances with virtually every major North American orchestra, including the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony. He has also established a presence in Europe, with appearances in centers such as London, Berlin, Barcelona, Paris and Prague. He has worked with such conductors as Herbert Blomstedt, Pierre Boulez, Raphael Frühbeck de Burgos, Sir Andrew Davis, Charles Dutoit, Neeme Jarvi, Jesus Lopez–Cobos, Kurt Masur, Sir Roger Norrington, Hellmuth Rilling and the late Robert Shaw and Sergiu Commissiona. Professor McMillan joined the faculty of the James Madison University School of Music in 2009.
Pianist Gabriel Dobner first appeared in concert in Europe in 1991 with the Villa Musica Chamber Music Ensemble in Mainz, Germany. 1993 marked the beginning of his eight years in Germany, after having been awarded a German Academic Exchange Scholarship (DAAD) to study lied accompanying in Munich with Professor Helmut Deutsch. The following year he won the special collaborative pianist prize in the International Hans Pfitzner Lieder Competition in Munich. While living in Augsburg, Dobner quickly established himself as one of Germany’s most sought–after collaborative pianists, performing regularly with such notable singers as Cornelia Kallisch, René Kollo and Kevin McMillan. These collaborations led to performances in many of the major concert venues in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain and Japan. Dobner has recorded for both the Ottavo and MDG labels, winning high praise from BBC Music Magazine, Fono Forum and the West German Radio in Cologne, who referred to him as a “master among Lieder pianists.” Dobner received a BM degree from Roosevelt University and his MM and Doctorate degrees from Indiana University.