Kevork Andonian is a composer, pianist, orchestrator, arranger, songwriter and music educator. Originally from Ottawa, Canada, Andonian is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Composition at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where he is also a Teaching Fellow. While at UCLA he has studied composition with Ian Krouse, Roger Bourland, James Newton and David Lefkowitz. Kevork developed a great passion for music creation at an early age. At age six he began writing music out on score.
Kevork holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Carleton University where he studied composition with the late Canadian composer Patrick Cardy, graduating with Highest Honors in 2001. The recipient of many scholarships and awards, Kevork was also awarded the Carleton University Medal in Music upon his graduation.
Kevork holds a Master of Music in Theory and Composition from the University of Ottawa where he also taught as a part-time professor. His thesis advisor was Steven Gellman, a prominent Canadian composer who studied at The Julliard School with Luciano Berio and Vincent Persichetti, and at the Paris Conservatoire with Olivier Messiaen.
A versatile composer, Kevork has composed for the concert hall, theater, as well as for film, video and multimedia productions. Kevork writes in a neo-tonal style which stresses the importance of melody and rich harmonies. A variety of emotions, rhythms and instrumental colors are portrayed in his works. Andonian draws his inspiration from classical music, as well as world musics, jazz and pop. Currently Andonian is Resident Composer of the Los Angeles Dream Orchestra. Music licensing company and production house Green Zebra Music recently hired him to compose musical scores to be licensed in film, TV and other visual media productions.
Kevork has written music for films produced through the Canadian Film Centre and the Independent Film Cooperative of Ottawa. At UCLA Kevork has studied film music with Paul Chihara and Charles Fox as well as advanced orchestration (including film orchestration) with Bruce Broughton. In 2012 Kevork took part in the Emerging Composer-Director Match-Up Programme jointly organized by the Screen Composers Guild of Canada and the Canadian Film Centre in Toronto.
Canada, the United States, France, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Italy, Finland, Romania, the Czech Republic and Armenia have all hosted performances of Kevork’s music. Andonian's works have been performed by world-class musicians, including the Grammy-nominated Lincoln Trio, members of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Omaha Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic, in prestigious concert venues such as Toronto’s Glenn Gould Studio, Barcelona’s Auditori, New York City’s Carnegie Hall and Los Angeles’s Walt Disney Hall. One of Kevork’s newer works composed for flute and marimba entitled A Longing For Joy was premiered in Belgium in 2008 by flutist Marc Grauwels and marimbist Sarah Mouradoglou. The same performers recently recorded this piece for a Naxos CD entitled Music for Flute and Percussion: II.