Carson Kievman has held many residencies including the Tanglewood Music Festival, The New York Shakespeare Festival, the Eugene O'Neill Opera/Music-Theater Conference, The Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, The Piccolo Spoleto Festival and the Darmstadt Summer Music Festival. Kievman has received commissions and awards from the Donaueschingen Festival, The National Endowment for the Arts, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the American Music Center, Tanglewood, Alte Stiftung Boswil, BMI, Gaudeamus Music Week, I.S.C.M, Janet A. Hooker Charitable Trust, the Fromm Foundation at Harvard, the Pennsylvania Ballet Theater, the Darmstadt Summer Festival, 4th International Composer's Festival Zurich, the American Opera Theater, the Rockefeller Foundation and the final commission from legendary producer, Joseph Papp for the Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival for HAMLET Soundtheater (Opera) which will receive its long-delayed premiere by SoBe Arts on February 24, 2012 and be performed weekends through March 11, 2012. Kievman's music and theater works have been performed worldwide including several international tours of his multimedia production Multinationals & The Heavens, and a critically acclaimed retrospective of his music-theater works at the Nationaltheater Mannheim (Germany). His Symphony No. 2(42) was recorded by the Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra-Katowice and the Polish Radio Choir of Krakow, released by New Albion Records in 1996 to universal acclaim and solidified Kievman's place among the finest living composers. Other CD projects include The Temporary & Tentative Extended Piano, David Arden pianist, release in 2000 on CRI Records (New World Records) and Symphony No. 3 (hurricane) conducted by Delta David Gier released in 2002 on Mystery Park Arts Records. He work Henry's Eighth Harvest was commissioned for the opening night concert of the 2000 European Expo on Nature & Technology and premiere in Hanover, Germany. Dear John the first movement from his Chamber Symphony No. 1(628) was commissioned in 2004 for the Collegiate Chamber Orchestra at the oldest school in American, founded in 1628 and subsequently performed by the Dakota Chamber Orchestra in 2009. His works have been performed and broadcast in concert halls, theaters and on the radio in over 36 countries around the world.
Born in Los Angeles, California, Carson Kievman holds a PhD from Princeton University and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts. He is the founder and Executive Artistic Director of SoBe Institute of the Arts, a world-class independent non-profit organization, which provides high-level arts instruction to community and professionals alike, as well as unique and compelling concerts and productions at its historic campus in the CANDO district of Miami Beach. He has taught music theory, composition, music history and general humanities at Princeton University, Montclair State University, Troy University and lectured at The City University of New York, the Ferienkürse fur Neüe Musik in Darmstadt Germany, the Hochschule fur Musik Mannheim Germany, the University of Miami, and many other learning and performing institutions. He counts among his teachers &/or mentors: (composers) Olivier Messiaen, Earle Brown, Joseph Papp, James Tenney, Luigi Nono, Morton Subotnick, (producer) Joseph Papp, (conductor) Mario di Bonaventura, (scholars) Scott Burnham, Rob Wegman, Kofi Agawu and (Legendary theatrical attorney) L. Arnold Weissburger.
"Powerful", New York Times
"It provides one of the most powerful musical experiences I have had in recent times", Spoleto Today - Post and Courier
"Run to the National Theater if you miss this you have only yourself to blame... it is furious and phenomenal!", Mannheimer Morgen
"Kievman is a Wizard," The Village Voice
"Great Art," The Boston Globe
"Kievman is a composer by trade and not a trained conductor, yet, he led a compelling, atmospheric performance. Keeping the precise notation and colors aligned and on track in such an intimate space is no mean feat, yet Kievman skillfully balanced Feldman's precisely notated music." The Miami Herald