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Fort Worth Symphony names Kevin John Edusei its principal guest conductor

Of Ghanaian and German ancestry, the Munich-based conductor led the FWSO in September.

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra has named Kevin John Edusei its principal guest conductor, starting in the 2022-23 season. In the meantime, starting in January, he’ll hold the “designate” title. The orchestra previously named American conductor Robert Spano its next music director, to take over next August.

Edusei (pronounced ”eh-DOO-see”) made his FWSO debut this past September, and he’s to guest conduct the Dallas Symphony in February.

Of Ghanaian and German ancestry, Edusei studied conducting at the Berlin University of the Arts and the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague, in the Netherlands. He also worked with David Zinman at the Aspen Music Festival and with Pierre Boulez and Peter Eötvös at the Lucerne Festival Academy. He won first prize in the 2008 Dimitri Mitropoulos Conducting Competition.

Currently in his eighth and final season as chief conductor of the Munich Symphony, Edusei was previously chief conductor of the Bern Opera in Switzerland. As a guest conductor, he has worked with major orchestras and opera companies in Europe and the U.K., and he’s beginning to expand his United States schedule.

CORRECTED at 4:20 p.m. Dec. 7, 2021: An earlier version incorrectly said Edusei is based in Berlin.

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