The audience was held rapt by the passion and the sanctity of the guitar-playing… they could agree that this was a young performer whose career who was worth watching.
-The Litchfield County Times
Kevin Sherwin is a composer, guitarist, and conductor, with performances including his solo debuts as guitarist at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Regent Hall in London, England. His original work includes music for film, theater, and the concert stage, including his recent solo guitar score for James Patrick Nelson’s “Without Touch,” which won the 2020 Audience Favorite Award in Dekkoo’s “Love and Distance Short Film Challenge.” In December 2019, he was a featured composer and lyricist in “The Passing Show of 2019,” produced by Unsung Musicals Co. at the Pershing Square Signature Center in New York City. His song, “How do you milk an almond?” satirized the national lawsuit between the FDA and the Blue Diamond Almond company. With violist Mark Bailey, he has performed twice at the University of Cambridge in the Musica Vera Duo, including original compositions. He was featured as conductor and guitarist in the YoungArts New York Gala at the Metropolitan Museum’s Temple of Dendur, working with Grammy-nominated musical director, Michael McElroy. Following his interests in the legacy of American guitarists, Kevin has also worked for Steve Miller and the Sailor Music Group, in association with Jazz at Lincoln Center, researching blues guitarists and their styles of the early and mid-20th century.
As a conductor, he is Associate Artistic Director of the period-instrument ensemble American Baroque Orchestra, which performs throughout New England. He is also the Principal Conductor of The American Romantics, collaborating with students from the Yale School of Music in the Romantic-era performance styles of composers including Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Elgar, and Mahler. He is also primary author of the performance practice research guide for the Yale Collection of Historical Sound Recordings, as well as co-author of the complete Charles Ives Discography.
Among his awards and honors, Mr. Sherwin was cited by the Town of North Haven, Connecticut, for excellence in contributing to the musical arts. He has also received awards from the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts, the Guitar Foundation of America, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, among others. His works “Colonial Echoes” and “Perennial with the Earth” were commissioned for the Town of North Haven Veterans’ Day Ceremonies, and his polychoral work, “In Majestate Gloriae” was premiered at the Sundays at Five Concert Series in Ansonia, Connecticut. Mr. Sherwin also frequently writes works for solo guitar, which he has performed on concert series throughout North America.
Kevin Sherwin has been invited to give presentations at the University of Oxford, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, the Mannes School of Music, and the University of Louisville. He has been featured on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Department of Musical Instruments online publication, in an article entitled “Giving Voice to Times Both Past and Future,” discussing the collection’s 1953 Ignacio Fleta guitar from a performer’s perspective. Mr. Sherwin extends his work in performance practice further into the 20th century, serving as a researcher for the Charles Ives Society.
Kevin Sherwin, a graduate of Yale University, studied guitar with Tali Roth at the Juilliard School, and subsequently with Christopher Ladd. 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, including as a founding member of The Musica Vera Duo.
Mr. Sherwin performs on a guitar made by Aaron Green (2013) and a baroque guitar made by Michael Schreiner, modeled after the French Jean-Baptiste Voboam instrument from 1690.