Young Artist in Residence: Evan Kahn
Native to Los Angeles, California, cellist Evan Kahn has been praised as "a cellist deserved of serious listening" for bringing his "electrifying ... nuanced and colorful" style to all of his collaborations, from concerti to chamber music to contemporary performances. Intensely passionate about new music and music of non-Western cultures, he has commissioned and premiered over 45 works by composers from around the world, including his father's Cello Concerto.
A recipient of a instrument grant from the Maestro Foundation, he has the great honor and pleasure of playing on the foundation's "Mendelsohn" cello, a 2001 instrument by Mario Miralles named after the foundation's head, Aaron Mendelsohn. Evan plays with a Paul Martin Siefried bow, also leant to him by Maestro, and a Belgian bow by Pierre Guillaume.
Evan is pursuing a Master's in Chamber Music at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studying with Jennifer Culp. He graduated with college and university honors from Carnegie Mellon University, where he served as principal cellist of CMU orchestras and studied with David Premo. At CMU, he received awards such as The Harry G. Archer Award for Outstanding Senior, Presser Scholarship, four years' worth of the Wilkins Cello Scholarship, and first prize in the Carnegie Mellon Concerto Competition. Before college, he took lessons with LA Opera principal cellist John Walz and Lyris Quartet cellist Timothy Loo, and loves playing for them whenever he visits Los Angeles. Other important mentors include Paul Hersh, Thomas Loewenheim, Amos Yang, Ian Swensen, and Bonnie Hampton.
Evan Kahn is accompanied in these performances by pianist Nicholas Dold.