Soloist, Evan Kahn

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Hear Mr. Kahn perform Tchaikovsky's "Variations on a Rococo Theme" in Jordan Hall on July 17

Native to Los Angeles, cellist Evan Kahn has been praised as “a cellist deserved of serious listening” for bringing his “electrifying … nuanced and colorful” style to all of his collaborations, from concerti to chamber music to contemporary performances. He has commissioned and premiered over 60 works by composers from around the world, including his father’s Cello Concerto. 

Evan holds principal positions in four orchestras — principal cello in Symphony San Jose, principal cello in Opera San Jose, principal cello in San Jose Chamber Orchestra, and assistant principal in West Bay Opera. Dedicated to the orchestral craft, he also frequently performs with the Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Symphony, and The Cleveland Orchestra. Equally at home as a soloist, he has performed concerti with many orchestras across the country. In April/May 2018, he served as Artist-in-Residence with Performance Today at NPR, sharing some of his favorite works for cello and his philosophies on music and life. In February 2019, he was named Musical America’s New Artist of the Month. He is resident cellist for a number of Bay Area ensembles, including Ninth Planet, After Everything, the Mythica Project, and the Farallon Quintet. He is currently recording a contemporary album, to be released in 2023, with works by Erberk Eryilmaz, Jörg Widmann, Niall Ferguson, Damián Ponce de León, and others.

Evan attended Aspen Music Festival on a fellowship for four summers, where he studied with Juilliard professor Darrett Adkins and played co-principal in the Aspen Academy of Conducting Orchestra, the Aspen Philharmonic as an Orchestral Leadership Fellow, and as a fellow in the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble. Other summers were spent playing chamber music at the Taos School of Music, as resident cellist at the Cactus Pear Music Festival in San Antonio, and the New York String Orchestra Seminar, where he served as principal cellist.

Evan received a Master’s in Chamber Music at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studying with Jennifer Culp. He graduated with college and university honors from Carnegie Mellon University, studying with David Premo. Before college, he took lessons with LA Opera principal cellist John Walz and Lyris Quartet cellist Timothy Loo. Other important mentors include Paul Hersh, Thomas Loewenheim, Amos Yang, Mark Kosower, Robert DeMaine, and Bonnie Hampton.

In addition to performing and teaching, Evan enjoys playing board games and watching British television. He plays on a cello by Italian luthier Carlo Carletti, c. 1900, and a bow made for cellist Lynn Harrell by archetier Paul Martin Siefried.