A recent performance "allowed Kumar to demonstrate that, in addition to making an utterly beautiful sound, he is a born leader, and the performance responded to every last facet of a work gigantic in stature." (Music-Web International) Also praised by press for his “obvious communicative powers”, “sense of sheer enjoyment”, and having “the precision and tonal richness of a virtuoso”, violinist Kevin Kumar has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and numerous other orchestras.
Kumar has also served as Concertmaster of the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra under Valerie Gergiev and Semyon Bychkov in tours throughout major European cultural centers. He was personally invited by Sir Georg Solti to participate in the Solti Project at Carnegie Hall. As a devoted chamber musician he has performed in various ensembles and festivals throughout the United States, Europe, and Central America and participated in numerous radio and television broadcasts. He is also active in motion picture and television scoring sessions.
In addition to attending Columbia University and the Manhattan School of Music, Kumar received the Jascha Heifetz Scholarship and his Advanced Studies in Music Diploma from USC and B.A. from Stanford University. Along with co-directing the Canandaigua LakeMusic Festival, he is the co-founder/Artistic Director of the Salastina Music Society, an organization which presents unique concerts of chamber music throughout Southern California. Dozens of their live performances have been broadcast on American Public Media's Performance Today. For more information on Kumar’s activities, please visit: www.salastina.org