Kevin Mallon developed a love for period performance through his mentor John Eliot Gardiner and he honed it in France, as concertmaster of Le Concert Spirituel and Les Arts Florissants. Later Mallon arrived in Toronto from his native Belfast, to play violin with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.
Mallon then left Tafelmusik to form his own group, The Aradia Ensemble. Together with its sister ensemble The Toronto Chamber Orchestra, Mallon has recorded more than 50 CDs, several music videos and and a film soundtrack.
However, period performance is not his only interest. Mallon is also Music Director of Thirteen Strings in Ottawa and he has recently been appointed as conductor of the West Side Chamber Orchestra in New York. He also loves opera and spent half a decade as Music Director of Opera in Cork, Ireland. In fact, Mallon continues to conduct opera productions in Europe and Canada.
But even that’s not all. Mallon loves music of many different cultures: from the Japanese bamboo flute called the shakuhachi, to Inuit throat singing, to Balinese gamelan music. And he still occasionally picks up his violin to play traditional Irish music.
On this edition of This Is My Music, Mallon will give us a taste of some of the music that he enjoys and the reasons why.
Acclaimed musician and conductor Kevin Mallon talks about his favourite music