Kevin Dufford is a diverse percussionist regularly performing in a variety of musical genres. Recent activities include recording Musique de Table by Thierry de Mey with Svet Stoyanov and James Deitz on the Concert Artist Guild Record Label and Arabesco Infinito by Alejandro Viñao with Gwen Thrasher with Blue Griffin Records. In October of 2008 he took part in a project at SUNY Stony Brook recording a new two piano and percussion work by Sheila Silver with Gilbert Kalish, Christina Dahl and Eduardo Leandro. Highlights include ensemble performances with: the Moscow Chamber Orchestra in Carnegie Hall; members of the Tokyo String Quartet and So Percussion at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival; and the Yale Philharmonia in concerts with Krzysztof Pendereski (conducting his Credo) and conductor Peter Oundjian with pianist Richard Goode (in a performance of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto). Mr. Dufford was a member of the Yale Percussion Group, Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps and was in the Akron Steel-Band when they released “Live from E.J. Thomas Hall" which was nominated for a World Music Grammy.

Kevin has been aggressively commissioning new music for percussion and has vowed to continue this tradition for the duration of his career. Recent commissions include Arabesco Infinito by Alejandro Viñao and Canyon by Mark Dancigers. Kevin has recently initiated a new commission for a marimba and vibraphone duo with text by Martin Bresnick. He has also commissioned a new percussion concerto for middle school band called Shape Shifter by Clarence Barber. He is also involved in new commissions by Dennis Desantis and Huang Ruo.

Kevin has held several administrative positions throughout his career. In 2006 Kevin was Production Manager for the Yale School of Music Norfolk Contemporary and Chamber Festivals and was a finalist for the American Symphony Orchestra League Manager Fellowship. He is currently participating in a volunteer internship in the Development Department with Tim Thomas at the Bang on a Can organization in Brooklyn, New York. Kevin was the Assistant Manager at Ruvo Restaurant in Port Jefferson, New York and was the Artistic Director and Coordinator of the 2006 Montana Day of Percussion. He is currently completing an internship at Meet the composer in Manhattan.

Mr. Dufford has been a guest soloist and chamber music artist at venues including Shenyang Conservatory and China Conservatory in Beijing, MASS MoCA, New Haven ArtSpace, Muhlenberg College, Michigan State University, UMBC, the Massachusetts Day of Percussion, Cleveland Public Library, Idyllwild Music Festival, Bang on a Can Summer Festival, Norfolk Chamber and Contemporary Festivals, Percussive Arts Society International Convention on several occasions, American New Arts Festival, Tenri Cultural Institute, Yale Center for British Art, and the Look and Listen Festival at the Robert Miller Art Gallery in New York City, among others. He recently performed a series of all theatrical percussion concerts in Tokyo, Japan, at the Asahi Art Center, Musicasa and Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, where he and percussionists Ayano Kataoka and James Deitz gave the Japanese premiere of Dressur by Mauricio Kagel.

As an educator, Mr. Dufford was the Director of Percussion Studies and taught Music History at Montana State University in Bozeman (2005-06). He is currently in the third year of the Doctor of Musical Arts program at the State University of New York (Stony Brook). His responsibilities for that degree included teaching the course Fundamentals of Music Theory and coaching undergraduate percussionists. Education credits include the Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music where he studied with Robert van Sice and the Master of Music from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. He also studied privately with Tom Freer of the Cleveland Orchestra and received his Bachelor of Music Performance at the University of Akron while studying with Dr. Larry Snider. Kevin is a Vic Firth Artist and Pearl Drums & Adams Musical Instrument Education Artist. Kevin lives in Jersey City with his wife Lei and two year old son Aiden.

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