Kevin Lefohn, violin
Hailed as a "barnstorming violin exponent" (Flying Inkpot, Singapore), violinist Kevin A. Lefohn maintains an international career as recital soloist, chamber musician, and pedagogue. In addition to frequent chamber music collaborations, his numerous recital performances with New Zealand pianist Terence Dennis have earned considerable acclaim. His performance and teaching have earned international prominence, with performances, workshops, and masterclasses presented throughout Australia, Japan, New Zealand, the United States, and South East Asia. He is a National Recording Artist for Radio New Zealand Concert and frequently performs on Thursdays at Three, All Classical Portland's (USA) live performance radio show.
"There is a youthful freshness and vibrancy in Lefohn's playing, well complemented by fine technique. He is not afraid to take risks with his interpretations." — The Star, New Zealand
"Lefohn's abilities as a barnstorming violin exponent were never in doubt, not even with Heifetz' show-offy figurations which he negotiated with intensity and spirit." — Flying Inkpot, Singapore
"The soloist delivered a flawless performance full of beauty, wit, style and emotion which from start to finish had the audience in the edge of their seats." — 4barsrest.com
He studied with Dorothy DeLay, Piotr Milewski, and Kurt Sassmannshaus at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, Kathryn Lucktenberg at the University of Oregon, and with members of both the Emerson and the Tokyo String Quartets.
Much sought after as a teacher and adjudicator, he is dedicated to the training of talented young string players. His students include prizewinners of international competitions, soloists, chamber musicians, and orchestra musicians in Australia, Europe, New Zealand, and the United States. He has served as a jury member of numerous international competitions including the International Violin Competition Sion Valais, at the invitation of Maestro Shlomo Mintz, and the selection panel of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition.
He has held faculty teaching positions at the University of Otago (New Zealand) and the University of Oregon (USA). He was the founding director of the renowned Marama Strings Project at the University of Otago where he was Professor of Violin from 1998-2007 and founder and Artistic Director of the Queenstown Violin Summer School and Festival of Chamber Music (New Zealand). As an executive arts administrator, he has served as Manager of Artistic Planning for the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and as Executive Director of the Portland Youth Philharmonic.
He currently holds a faculty teaching position at the University of Portland, Portland, Oregon, USA. He maintains a private studio, an international studio via online video lessons, supporting students throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and South East Asia, and frequently travels overseas for performances, masterclasses and teaching residencies.