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. 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. Recently, he has given presentations on performance practice at the University of Oxford, the Guitar Foundation of America International Conference, and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
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. In April 2019, 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. In addition, with violist Mark Bailey, he has performed twice at the University of Cambridge in the Musica Vera Duo. As a composer, 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 following international conferences: Guitar Foundation of America International Convention and Competition (University of Louisville, 2018), Perspectives on Historically Informed Practices in Music (University of Oxford, 2018), Historical Performance: Theory, Practice and Interdisciplinarity (Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, 2017), as well as the New York City and Wilmington Classical Guitar Societies. 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 has worked as a performance practice researcher for the Yale Collection of Historical Sound Recordings, where he wrote various articles on Romantic-era performance practices, including on previously unexamined recordings of classical guitarists from the early 20th century. 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 classical guitar made by Aaron Green (2013) and a baroque guitar made by Michael Schreiner, modeled after the French Jean-Baptiste Voboam instrument from 1690.