With an impressive background that includes conducting studies with John Eliot Gardiner and composition with Peter Maxwell Davies, he trained at Chetham’s School of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and at Dartington College of Arts. Mallon learned his craft as a violinist with such orchestras as the Hallé and the BBC Philharmonic, and later as Concertmaster with Le Concert Spirituel and Les Arts Florissants in Paris. With these groups he recorded extensively and toured the world. He has performed concerts all over Europe, including Vienna, London, Berlin and Paris, with appearances in Russia, the Baltic States, China, Japan, New Zealand, the United States and Canada.
In 1996, Kevin Mallon formed and became the Music Director of the Aradia Ensemble. This vocal and instrumental group has achieved extraordinary success, with 50 recordings for Naxos, all of which have received international praise (including two British Gramophone Editors’ Choice Awards). The ensemble presents a regular concert series at Toronto’s Glenn Gould Studio and makes frequent tours in both Canada and abroad - being featured in 2000 at the New Zealand International Chamber Music Festival, in 2003 at the Musica nel Chiostro festival in Tuscany and to the USA in 2004. Most recently Aradia has become Orchestra in Residence for the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy (COSI), with Mallon conducting.
Although Maestro Mallon specializes in music of the Baroque period, he is much in demand, conducting a wide range of repertoire. As part of his recording contract with Naxos, he is Music Director of the Toronto Chamber Orchestra, with whom he has already made fifteen recordings, one of which gained a Juno Award nomination for a Haydn Symphonies CD in 2009.
Kevin Mallon led Toronto’s Opera in Concert in many baroque and classical operas: Handel’s Semele, Rinaldo, Tamerlano, and Giulio Cesare, Vivaldi’s Griselda, Rameau’s Castor et Pollux and Mozart’s Zaide, Haydn’s Il mondo della luna and Schubert’s Die Freunde von Salamanka. He has also developed a specialty in Viennese Operetta, having conducted many performances for Toronto Operetta Theatre (Wiener Blut, Merry Widow and Count of Luxembourg).
From 2004- 2009 Mallon was the Artistic Director of Opera 2005 in Cork, Ireland, formed to celebrate Cork’s designation as European Capital of Culture. This company flourished under his tenure, garnering three Irish Times Theatre Awards (Mozart‘s Marriage of Figaro, Rossini‘s Barber of Seville, Verdi’s Ballo in Maschera). The company also mounted productions of Bizet’s Carmen (2005), Weill’s Threepenny Opera (2006), Lehar’s Merry Widow (2007) and Mozart’s Don Giovanni (2007).
In 2009 Kevin became Special Projects and Touring Conductor for the Odessa Opera in Ukraine. Under his direction, productions of Don Giovanni and Carmen took place in Odessa as well as tours of Holland, Belgium and Spain.
In 2010 Kevin was invited to compose and arrange music for a new TV series – “Camelot”, another innovative project by “The Tudors” company.
Kevin Mallon has also spent considerable time as an advocate for education. He taught for many years in his native Belfast at Queens University, and at University College Cork. For many years he had a large studio of violin students from youngsters to university students. Mallon taught at the University of Toronto for ten years, before his conducting career made this impossible. In later years, he and Aradia have been mentors for the junior orchestra at the Kingsway Conservatory in Toronto and the Toronto Youth Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Mallon looks forward to a busy schedule of upcoming Guest Conducting engagements both in Canada (Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, Niagara Symphony, Windsor symphony) and internationally in Ireland, Poland, Hungary, Belgium, Spain, Italy and the USA..