Kevin Allen Shwenkler


As a child, Kevin read music before words. He sang in church choir and was trained on the piano from an early age. This training was probably his most formative; much of his work as a composer stems from piano improvisation. As a teenager, Kevin trained on the clarinet, cello, and as a baritone. As much as his pieces explicitly reference all this classical training, they also reference his studies in mathematics, physics, and pedagogy. He pursued these in addition to music while getting his Bachelors at Hampshire College. During this time, he began to see a common thread of openness, experimentation, and subversion running through all compositional and performance practice. It is this thread which he wishes to continue to elaborate.