Steinway Artist Kevin Kern Embarks on First Concert Tour of China

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Legally blind, pianist and composer Kevin Kern, known for his cinematic melodies brings his long awaited “Enchanted Garden” tour to China. Performances to be held in Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Zhongshan.

Steinway Artist and composer Kevin Kern will embark on a multi-city concert tour of China in late September. Kern, whose previous performances have drawn enthusiastic fans to sold-out venues will begin his “Enchanted Garden” tour in Beijing at the Poly Theater on Wednesday, September 18, 2013. From there, the tour will continue on to Shanghai, Zhongshan, Shenzhen and Guangzhou. Kern will be joined on stage by his good friend, guitarist Dong Yun-Chang, with whom he has performed previously in Taiwan.

A native of Detroit, Kevin Kern began playing the piano at the tender age of eighteen months. Born legally blind, Kern found a glimmer of clarity in the piano and learned to see the world through music. “Growing up with impaired vision allowed me to develop a greater appreciation for the sound of the world around me,” Kern said. “I’ve always enjoyed drawing people into my world by painting musical pictures for them. Those pictures have become an essential part of my creative process, whether composing, recording or performing live. Add to that a world class piano, like the Steinway, and those pictures come to life.”

The influences of lifelong friend and mentor, jazz great George Shearing, and Detroit Symphony Pianist Mischa Kottler helped Kern to develop an early love of improvisation and an appreciation for the beautiful sound a piano could produce. He continued his education at the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where he studied with Jaki Byard and fellow Steinway Artist, Fred Hersch.

Six Billboard® charting releases have established Kern as one of the New Age genre’s most successful composers and performers. A growing list of international film and TV credits has also helped him to garner a worldwide following. His music has been featured in programs in the United States as diverse as Oprah, Live with Regis and Kelly, The Late Show with David Letterman and NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered”. His international film and television credits include notable contributions to the score of the highly successful Korean dramas "Autumn in my Heart" and “Kuk Hee” as well as popular commercials for Mitsubishi SAVRIN (Taiwan) and Caffe Latte (Korea) among others.

Kevin Kern’s concert tours have taken him throughout the United States, Korea, Japan, Singapore and Taiwan. Recent highlights include touring with "Britain’s Got Talent" winner, Paul Potts and a special performance for the G20 Summit in Seoul.

China Tour - September 2013

Beijing, China
Poly Theater
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 7:30pm

Shanghai, China
Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre
Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 7:30pm

Zhongshan, China
Zhongshan Culture and Arts Center
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 8:00pm

Shenzhen, China
Shenzhen Concert Hall
Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 8:00pm

Guangzhou, China
Xinhai Concert Hall
Friday, September 27, 2013 - 8:00pm

For more information and links to his social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube), visit: http://www.kevinkern.com

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