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EVAN KASSOF (b. 1988) is an opera maker, composer, conductor, and former physicist pursuing his PhD in Music Composition as a University Fellow at Temple University. Evan’s music has been performed around the world, from Tenerife in the Canary Islands to Yerevan, Armenia and by ensembles like London’s Ensemble x.y, New York’s ensemble eise-en and Boston’s Sound Energy. While a student in the Guildhall School’s Master of Arts in Opera-Making course, his operas Colony (a children’s opera, 2015) and Greenland (2015) – libretti by Aleksandar Hut Kono – were performed in London at the Royal Opera House and the Milton Court Theatre at the Barbican Centre. Greenland was revived in January 2016 in London at the Royal Opera House and in Budapest as part of the Liszt Academy’s annual opera festival. Before his studies at Guildhall, Evan studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music as a student of Tansy Davies on a full scholarship from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. While at the Academy, his music was workshopped and performed by the CHROMA ensemble, Richard Watkins, the Septura Brass Ensemble, the RAM Symphony Orchestra, and the BBC Singers, among others.
With a background in physics, Evan’s compositions often use science as source material. This has led to a TEDxTalk and collaborations with scientists on Heat Death (2013) and Turbulence (2016). His science-music focuses on mapping scientific elements into musical ones, to serve the double purpose of generating compelling new musical languages and creating meaningful, true-to-fact artistic representations of great scientific endeavors. In his dramatic vocal music, Evan collaborates closely with writers, performers, and directors to make thrilling new pieces that embolden the voice and tell compelling stories.
As a conductor, Evan worked for a year as assistant with the Ocala Symphony and now is working with Andreas Delfs and the Temple University Symphony. Before that, he studied conducting at both Guildhall and the Academy, where he led premieres of his second opera, Memoirs of Transformation, and Bofan Ma’s This is No Opera. Although originally trained as a cellist, Evan now performs as a viola di gamba player with the Temple University Early Music Ensemble, and previously played with the Royal Academy of Music’s gamba consort.
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