Internationally known conductor, recording artist and teacher Kirk Trevor is a regular guest conductor in the world’s concert halls. Maestro Trevor became Music Director of the Missouri Symphony Orchestra in 2000. He has led the Missouri Symphony Orchestra in the summer music festival since 2001 and in 2005 transformed the Festival into Hot Summer Nights, expanding the music to include classical, pops, family and chamber series, as well as special world music programs. In 2011, he created and conducted the first Symphony of Toys Holiday Concert, a program now held annually.
Born and educated in England, he graduated cum laude in cello performance and conducting. He furthered his conducting studies with the late Sir Adrian Boult and cello studies with Paul Tortelier. He came to the United States in 1975 on a Fulbright grant and subsequently became Resident Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. He then served as Music Director of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra for 18 years until 2003, when he became Conductor Laureate. With the Knoxville Symphony he achieved record ticket sales 11 consecutive years. Innovative programming and a focus on reaching new audiences, whether young or thirty-something, Maestro Trevor is able to reach first time concertgoers with programs that are entertaining, edifying and educational. It is part of his lifelong philosophy of how to make classical music relevant within 21st century culture.
In 2007, Maestro Trevor founded the Missouri Symphony Conservatory, a new initiative to train, educate and inspire young musicians in a variety of activities through the Children’s Chorus (founded in 2002) which Melissa Straw directs, and the two orchestras – Junior Strings and Chamber Players – which he directs. Together with Chorus Conductor Straw, he strives to create a program that nurtures the joy and creativity within young musicians, while inspiring them to achieve extra-musical and communicative goals rather than just performance ones. The award-winning Conservatory reaches 150 students each year. It has been through Maestro Trevor’s devotion to music education and his involvement in the training and development of new generations of listeners, players and conductors that he has developed an international following. Winner of the 1990 Leonard Bernstein Conducting Competition, he is widely recognized as one of the leading conducting teachers in the world. His International Workshop for Conductors held in Europe is in its 22nd year and draws more than 50 young conductors annually to study with him. He also teaches conductors and directs the orchestra at the National Music Festival of Brazil in Brasilia each January. In the past year he also conducted and taught at the Durango Music Festival in Colorado, conducted the Astoria Symphony in New York and gave master classes in Boulder, Colorado; Bulgaria; and the Czech Republic.
As a guest conductor, Maestro Trevor has conducted more than 40 orchestras in 15 countries. He made his London Symphony Orchestra debut in 2002 and his Carnegie Hall debut in 2007. Maestro Trevor also serves as Music Director of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, leading the orchestra in a variety of subscription programs, as well as choral programs with the Symphonic Choir. The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra is the Orchestra in Residence at the Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival where Maestro Trevor conducts numerous premieres and serves as a featured speaker on introducing new composers to new audiences. From 1995 to 2000 he was Music Director of the Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra in the Czech Republic and from 2002 until 2005 was Principal Guest Conductor of the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Since 2001, Kirk Trevor has been a regular fixture in the recording studios of the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra. He has made more than 100 recordings of music ranging from the Baroque to the current day and from choral requiems to video game scores, including Diablo II. He records for EMI, Naxos, Albany, Navrona and Crystal labels, with a special emphasis on new American composers and accompanying many of the world’s great soloists including Richard Stoltzman, Joshua Pierce, Jon Manasse, Philippe Quint and Chloë Hanslip among others. In 2012, Maestro Trevor celebrated the release of his 100th CD.
He is married to Slovak harpist, Maria Duhova Trevor, and they have three young children- Sylvia, Daniel and Aiden. Kirk Trevor’s grown daughter Chloé Trevor frequently appears as a solo violinist on the world’s concert stages, often with her father as conductor. The Trevors maintain homes in Columbia, Indianapolis and Bratislava.