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Brian Kepher

Member, El Sistema Orchestra, Nairobi, Kenya

An advocate for African art music, Brian Kepher is a member of the Nairobi Orchestra and has also played with the National Youth Orchestra of Kenya; the Kenya Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra; the SCOKENDIA Ensemble in the United Kingdom; and the Dar Choral Society and Orchestra in Tanzania. Brian is also the music director of Ghetto Classics, a role that saw him direct the orchestra performing to both H.E the President of Kenya and Pope Francis on his Papal State visit to Africa in November 2015. Currently, Brian is also the music director at Arusha Meru International School in Tanzania. In January 2018, he was recommended to become an associate fellow of The Royal Commonwealth Society by the Queen's Young Leaders Program. He also joined the World Civic Orchestra in New York City as their guest timpani player. He has also had conducting master classes with a number of high profile conductors. In March 2017, he had a chance as a guest to rehearse under Professor Kalam Tonu, from the University of North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, rehearsing Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem, Dies Irae. In September 2017, he joined the Seoul International Community Orchestra in South Korea as principal timpanist. Brian is humbled to have been selected by the jury panel of the 5th International Gustav Mahler conducting competition to follow the competition in Bamberg, Germany, as a guest, being the first African in the program in May 2016. Throughout all of these musical experiences he is devoted to facilitating the development of African music preservation and appreciation. His focus is on native African folk tunes orchestration. Brian graduated in 2017 from Kenyatta University with an associate degree in music with distinction.

 

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