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Ann Arbor, MI — On March 29th, 2021, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra announced that Kemper Edwards would join the organization as its next Director of Marketing & Communications, effective April 14, 2021.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kemper to the Ann Arbor Symphony at an incredibly unique time in our history,” said A2SO Executive Director Tyler Rand. “As we look forward to returning to our concert halls next season to resume our Music Director search, Kemper’s expertise in marketing and producing both live performance and digital content will be a tremendous asset to the organization.”

Raised in London and Pittsburgh, Kemper Edwards joins A2SO from the Academy of Ancient Music, the leading period instrument ensemble where he was Communications and Engagement Manager. Joining AAM after studying music at the University of Cambridge, he oversaw a revitalization of the orchestra’s digital presence, with AAM becoming the world’s most listened-to ensemble of its kind online and producing a number of critically acclaimed recordings on its in-house label.

A keen musician, Kemper began studying violin and piano at a young age with Viktoria Grigoreva of the Royal College of Music and piano pedagogue Alexandra Andrievski of the Yehudi Menuhin School, before moving to Pittsburgh in 2003. While continuing his studies with Rufina Yefimova, a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory, Kemper was a 2012 Pittsburgh Concert Society Young Artist Winner, receiving an Anna and Benjamin Perlow Scholarship and later a Blackwood Music Scholarship to further his musical studies in a university setting. In 2010, he was selected by Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Principal Guest Conductor Leonard Slatkin as the winner of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra Conducting Competition.

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The A²SO is a premier regional orchestra offering live and virtual performance of symphonic music to over 80,000 patrons of all ages in venues ranging from the historic Michigan Theater and Hill Auditorium as well as schools, daycares, libraries, farmers markets, and various senior citizen centers in the five-county area. For tickets visit a2so.com, email tickets@a2so.com, or call 734.994.4801.

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