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Kerwin Young

Atlanta, GA      

Kerwin Young is a Neo-Cultural Renaissance composer. NCR is an artistic expression founded by Kerwin Young to acknowledge and celebrate indigenous and/or forgotten cultures, legendary heroes, and social commentary; fused with an international and historical use of extended harmonic and orchestration practices. Highly passionate for orchestral composition, Kerwin has composed seven symphonies, ballets suites, orchestral fantasies, and an opera. Kerwin Young is an American treasure waiting to be discovered.  Mr. Young is seeking a residency with a major symphony orchestra.

Kerwin holds Bachelor of Music (’12) and Master of Music degrees in music composition (’15) from the University of Missouri – Kansas City, where he studied with Chen Yi, Zhou Long, and Bobby Watson. 

Awards and Accolades: 2019 recipient of the ACO-EarShot residency with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.  2017 U.S. Cultural Ambassador for Hip-Hop (Egypt). 2016 Sphinx Organization Mpower Artist Grant with Tami Hughes. 2014-2015 composer residency with the Chicago Modern Orchestra Project (Renee Baker). 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction (Public Enemy). Grammy nominations (1989-present).

Cellet

Cello Fest 2016 showcased the St. Louis premiere of Cellet, a masque for 10 cellos. The work was commissioned by Catherine Lehr Ramos, with additional funding from the UMKC Women’s Council.
The work features choreography by Palestinian dancer Mohammad Ghraiz.

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Inescapable (Concerto for Double Bass and Wind Ensemble)

Jeff Kail (principal) KC Symphony and the UMKC Concert Wind Band premiere.
Steve Davis (cond.)

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The Gardener and the Tyrant

Composed for orchestra, this recording is from a reading session while studying music composition at UMKC. This is the ONLY orchestral work of mine to have been recorded; while none have yet been performed.

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