Kevin Ahfat


September 23, 1994


First Prize: Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra International Instrumental Competition (Los Angeles, USA)
Second Prize, Prize for Best Performance of a Canadian Work, and Prix de Musique Orford: OSM Manuvie Competition (Montréal, Canada)
First Prize: Juilliard Concerto Competition (New York, USA 2013 and 2017)
First Prize: Seattle Symphony Piano Competition (Seattle, USA)

Kevin Ahfat completed his principal studies at The Juilliard School under Joseph Kalichstein and Stephen Hough, and recently finished his time-in-residence as a 2018-19 Rebanks Fellow at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto.

Kevin performed in the Seattle Symphony Orchestra’s Shostakovich Concerto Festival, and also performed Saint-Saëns’ Third Sonata for Cello and Piano throughout North America and Canada while filming and producing a historical documentary of the work. He has also released a cinematic performance of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Kevin has collaborated with renowned artists across many genres, including Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Sō Percussion, David Finckel, Derek Bermel, Joshua Roman, Juliette Herlin and Joaquin Valdepeñas. The 2019-2020 season will see him perform in Montréal, Toronto, New York, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.

In 2018 Kevin was named one of CBC Music’s 30 top Canadian classical musicians under thirty, subsequently releasing a live recording of Brahms from CBC’s Studio 211. He is a recipient of a 2019 Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Award.


Upcoming Competition Repertoire

Preliminary Round 1: 20-Minute Recital

I. Das Wandern

Alban Berg:: Piano Sonata in B minor Op.1

I. Danza del viejo boyero

II. Danza de la moza donosa

III. Danza del gaucho matrero

Preliminary Round 2: 30-Minute Recital

Franz Schubert/Leopold Godowsky: Litanei auf das Fest Aller Seelen D.343
Peter Sculthorpe: Harbour Dreaming

IV. Suggestion diabolique

Johann Sebastian Bach/Ferruccio Busoni: Chaconne from Violin Partita No.2 in D minor BWV 1004

Semi Finals Round 1: 65-Minute Recital

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Dumka Op.59 ‘Russian Rustic Scene’

I. Von fremden Ländern und Menschen
II. Kuriose Geschichte
III. Hasche-Mann
IV. Bittendes Kind
V. Glückes genug
VI. Wichtige Begebenheit
VII. Träumerei
VIII. Am Kamin
IX. Ritter vom Steckenpferd
X. Fast zu ernst
XI. Fürchtenmachen
XII. Kind im Einschlummern
XIII. Der Dichter spricht

[Promenade I] Allegro giusto, nel modo russico; senza allegrezza, ma poco sostenuto
I. The Gnome [Promenade II]. Moderato commodo assai e con delicatezza

II. The Old Castle [Promenade III]. Moderato non tanto, pesamente

III. Tuileries

IV. Cattle [Promenade IV]. Tranquillo

V. The Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks in their Shells

VI. Samuel Goldenberg und Schmuÿle [Promenade V] Allegro giusto, nel modo russico; poco sostenuto

VII. The Market at Limoges (The Great News)

VIII. Catacombs

IX. Cum mortuis in lingua mortua

X. The Hut on Hens’ Legs

XI. The Great Gate of Kiev

Semi Final Round 2: Chamber Music

I. Andante assai
II. Allegro brusco
III. Andante
IV. Allegrissimo – Andante assai, come prima

Joseph Achron: Hebrew Melody Op.33

I. Allegro non troppo
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Allegro

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Vocalise Op.34 No.14

Final Round 1: Concerto with String Orchestra

I. Allegro moderato

II. Lento

III. Moderato

IV. Allegro con brio


Final Round 2: Concerto with Symphony Orchestra

I. Maestoso
II. Adagio
III. Rondo. Allegro non troppo