Kevin McMillan in 2009November 5, 2009
Name: Kevin McMillan
Musical: Singer (Baritone, later tenor)
Born: Listowel, Ontario
Chatham Connection: Moved to Chatham in 1987 with his wife and son. (His wife is from Chatham)
1983-1986 – Master’s and Doctoral degree (Juilliard School New York)
Mr. McMillan has received 4 JUNO nominations and won a GRAMMY award in 1992
Kevin is the founder and president of the Capitol Theatre Association
KEVIN MCMILLAN is one of Canada’s most respected singers and pedagogues. His career has spanned over 20 years with more than 700 concerts, 15 professional recordings, a Grammy award, a Gramophone award and numerous Juno award nominations.
Critics have praised his “elegant 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 the major concert halls of London, Berlin, Barcelona, Hamburg and Prague. He has worked with such conductors as Herbert Blomstedt, Pierre Boulez, Sergiu Commissiona, 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.
After preliminary schooling at the Universities of Guelph and Western Ontario in Canada, Mr. McMillan studied at the Britten-Pears School in England, and attained a Master’s Degree at the Juilliard School in New York. His primary focus has always been the oratorio and orchestral repertoire, and his vocal flexibility and scholarly musicianship have afforded him a broad range of styles and periods – from Monteverdi and Bach to Britten and Penderecki.
Despite an unfortunate farming accident 25 years ago that left him a partial paraplegic, he has had the opportunity to perform operatic roles in concert performances. Mr. McMillan is one of Canada’s pre-eminent recitalists. He has been described as an “outstanding Schubertian” whose “voice of glowing freshness and beauty is at the service of an intelligent, lively and distinctive personality.”
In the Don Wright Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario, he not only mentors a large studio of singers, but also teaches IPA Diction for Singers and coaches the Bach Aria Group. In Chatham, ON, he is the founder and president of the Capitol Theatre Association – a group responsible for the restoration and renovation of this historic theatre into a fully equipped 1,200 seat performing arts centre.
Notes: McMillan was featured in the CBC TV profile, The Music Must Go On. He founded the Chatham Capitol Theatre Association in 1996, for which he received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002.
Visit his website here.