Evan Mitchell is proving to be one of the most able and imaginative young conductors in Canada. Having recently finished successful residencies as Assistant Conductor of the Vancouver and Kitchener-Waterloo symphony orchestras, Mr. Mitchell has enjoyed two triumphant seasons as Music Director of the Kingston Symphony Association. He has garnered consistent praise for his programming, approach, execution, and musical results. Under Mr. Mitchell’s leadership, the 2015-2016 season was an unprecedented success for the Kingston Symphony, having sold out the Masterworks series and Special concerts.
During his various residencies, Mr. Mitchell conducted over 200 concerts, acted as a Canadian ambassador during a historic two-week tour of China, Korea, and Macau, and served as an official consultant to the Vancouver Olympic Committee and Assistant Producer for the recording of the medal ceremony national anthems.
Over the course of his career, Mr. Mitchell has brought the magic of orchestral music to over 500,000 students and children, many of whom experienced this incredible music for the very first time. His programs for young people have been recognized for their appeal and educational mandate.
Equally comfortable in the realm of contemporary music as well as opera, Mr. Mitchell has premiered over 20 new Canadian works and is a strong advocate for performing music by Canadian composers. He is also the Principal Conductor of Opera 5, an award-winning independent opera company based in Toronto, which is responsible for a popular web series entitled Opera Cheats.
Mr. Mitchell is a champion of initiatives designed to enhance the live concert experience, such as insider videos, informational podcasts, pre-concert talks, and special concerts devoted to live, onstage insights into major orchestral works. His program SoundSync, which involves real-time updates delivered silently to mobile devices during the concert, was hailed as the greatest technological innovation in the concert hall of 2014 by the CBC.
Recent career highlights include Principal Conductorship of the World Harp Congress in which Mr. Mitchell conducted eight harp concerti with some of the world’s best harpists. He is a regular guest conductor with the Toronto Symphony and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. He has also led orchestral collaborations with the Barenaked Ladies, Judy Collins, and Pink Martini.