Oregon Symphony Musician Bio
A native of the Chicago area, Kevin Kunkel started his cello studies at age 10. He received a B.M. and Performance Diploma from Indiana University, where he studied with Eric Kim. There he performed annually as a principal cello, served as an Associate Instructor, and was a member of the Kuttner Quartet, the university’s resident honors ensemble.
Kevin has participated in numerous festivals, including the New York String Orchestra Seminar, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Lake George Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival, Lucerne Festival Academy, and Verbier Festival. His musical travels have taken him to the Konzerthaus Berlin, Großes Festspielhaus at the Salzburg Festival, Hagia Irene in Istanbul, Palacio de Carlos V in the Alhambra, and Carnegie Hall. Devoted to both the symphonic and operatic worlds, Kevin has served as principal cello under Michael Tilson Thomas, Valery Gergiev, Christopher Hogwood, Stéphane Denève, Christoph Eschenbach, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Iván Fischer, Zubin Mehta, and Charles Dutoit.
As a chamber musician, Kevin has performed alongside acclaimed artists, including members of eighth blackbird, the Silk Road Ensemble, Yo-Yo Ma, Atar Arad, Christian Tetzlaff, Jorja Fleezanis, Eric Kim, Anne-Marie McDermott, Albrecht Mayer, Orion Weiss, and Tamas Varga.
After enjoying four years in Miami Beach as a fellow with the New World Symphony, Kevin joined the Oregon Symphony in 2016.