Biography: Kevin Kwan Loucks, Pianist

Kevin Kwan LoucksKevin Kwan Loucks has been called “impeccable” (La Presse, Montreal), “a shining talent” (Völser Zeitung, Italy), and a pianist of “exhilarating polish, unity and engagement” (The Orange County Register, California). Featured on National Public Radio’s Performance Today, he has earned ovations from Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, to Prösels Castle in Italy, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, and Lichtenstein Palace in Prague. He was a top prize winner at the Schlern International Competition in Italy, the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in Boston, the Beverly Hills Auditions in Los Angeles, and the 2012 American Prize in Piano Performance, and was featured as guest artist at the Daejeon Chamber Music Festival in South Korea, the Moulin d’Andé in France, and the Montreal Chamber Music Festival in Canada. From 2010 to 2012 he served as Principal Artist-­in-Residence for the International Arts Mentoring Program in South Korea bringing music and arts education to underprivileged children across Asia, and in 2011 he founded and directed an acclaimed eight-concert chamber music series at the Orange County Great Park in Southern California. In 2013 he and his wife, violinist Iryna Krechkovsky, launched Chamber Music | OC – an ambitious arts initiative that has garnered nationwide attention as one of the premiere classical music projects taking place in the country today.

As a collaborative artist, Kevin Kwan Loucks has appeared in recital with distinguished musicians Rachel Barton Pine, Denis Brott, Colin Carr, Alan Kay, Edgar Meyer, Frank Morelli, Lara St. John, Kyung Sun Lee, Roger Tapping, Rafael Wallfisch, and Carol Wincenc, and has been featured in collaborations with the Afiara, Cecilia, and Jupiter String Quartets. He has performed and recorded as a member of Gruppo Montebello, an All‐Star Ensemble of acclaimed Banff Centre faculty and alumni based in Canada, and has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Asia with his wife as part of the award-winning Krechkovsky/Loucks Duo. In 2012 the Duo formed Trio Céleste with cellist Ross Gasworth and have since been appointed Artists-in­-Residence at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine where they are also Directors of the Summer Academy for Chamber Music.

A Korean-­American and graduate of The Juilliard School, Kevin Kwan Loucks is an alumnus of programs at the Aspen Music Festival, Music@Menlo, and The Banff Centre. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University where he served as head of Piano for the Pre-College Division and teaching assistant for the Emerson String Quartet. His teachers include Julian Martin, Nina Scolnik, and Christina Dahl.