Kevin McMillan, baritone is one of Canada's most respected singing artists and vocal pedagogues. His career has spanned 25 years with more than 750 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, 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.
After preliminary schooling at the Universities of Guelph and Western Ontario in Canada, Kevin 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 30 years ago that left him a partial paraplegic, he has had the opportunity to perform operatic roles in concert performances. Kevin is one of Canada's preeminent 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."
He has been heard often in recital on CBC/SRC broadcasts, and has been a frequent guest at summer festivals, such as the Minnesota Orchestra's Sommerfest, Ravinia, Tanglewood, the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, the Festival of the Sound and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival in Germany.
He has also been heard on radio in quite a different capacity - as guest host for Canada-wide broadcasts on CBC's Radio Two. He has taken an active role in the creative process, having had several contemporary works written expressly for him, such as the title role in Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' oratorio, Job, which he premiered in Canada, Britain and Israel. He also sang the Canadian premiere of Songs of Milarepa by Phillip Glass during Mr. Glass' residency at the Scotia Festival of Music.
Kevin is now an Assistant Professor of Voice in the School of Music at James Madison University in Virginia. In Chatham, Ontario, Canada he was the founder and president of the Capitol Theatre Association - the group responsible for the $20 M restoration and renovation of this landmark historic theatre which re-opened in 2010.