Kevin Galiè

 
 

Kevin Galiè B.S.-B.A., Boston University, music/computer science; J.D. (Juris Doctor) arts/music Boston University; M. Mus. The Boston Conservatory, organ, orchestra conducting, choral conducting.  See Tutelage

 

A native of Philadelphia, Mr. Galiè now divides his time between conducting, performing with orchestras on his positiv pipe organ, harpsichord, Mustel celesta or Etienne 1897 harmonium, teaching, and composing and arranging/orchestrating music for classical ballet or chorus (women's choral music and SATB Italian choral music). He has homes both in Boston and Le Marche, Italy.

Mr. Galiè was music director and orchestral conductor at Harvard University for a fabled 10 critically-acclaimed years of the Harvard-Radcliffe Ballet Company (1990-2000), where he directed performances with orchestra of the full-length Nutcracker, and performed on piano live in collaborations with several dance performances. Some of his current endeavors include: President and Conductor, Ensemble Adriatico (Italy/USA), publishing, recordings, festivals, and live performances; Music Director of the 60-voice MIT Women’s Chorale and chamber orchestra; Lecturer/Music Director/Adjunct Faculty/Schola Director at Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary, Weston, MA;  Music Director/Founder of the Coro-Dante All-Italian Repertoire Chorus and chamber orchestra, Cambridge, MA.

Since graduating from Boston Conservatory, Mr. Galiè won first prize in the  S.R. Case Organ Competition, and has been frequently featured as organist, harpsichordist, and concerto soloist for all of New England’s important orchestras, including the Boston Symphony, Boston Philharmonic, The Boston Ballet Orchestra, and the Handel and Haydn Society. He recorded A Splash of Pops with the Boston Pops orchestra, Masterworks Chorale, organist and other keyboards (2003-2017), and in 2010 was recipient of the I Migliori award by the Pirandello Lyceum. See discography for all of Mr. Galiè’s recordings.

In 2001, Mr. Galiè was the orchestrator of Le Corsaire (A. Adam, et. al.). With choreography and reconstruction by legendary Canadian ballerina Anna-Marie Holmes, a protégé of Natalia Dudinskaya, the ballet was performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and at American Ballet Theatre at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. He formed “Editions Anna-Marie Holmes” for the publishing of his orchestrations, based on Ms. Holmes’ settings of various ballets, and the accompanying piano rehearsal books. In 2008, he was orchestral arranger and assistant conductor at the Rome Opera with Carla Fracci for his ballet orchestration of Le Corsaire , and in 2010 did an alternate version with Maria Grazia Garofolo for the Arena di Verona. His re-orchestrations have also been performed in Uruguay (2011), the Teatro Colon in Argentina (2012),  Brazil (2014), and in recent years in many other international venues including Europe, China, and Japan.   His double-CD release recording of him conducting Le Corsaire, with the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan (2011), and Laurencia have been commercial and critical successes. His orchestration of La Bayadère, heard in Portugal in 2016, received reviews of  “explosions of ecstasy in sound from the Orchestra Pit” (Toda a magia do bailado com La Bayadère” Jornalismo Independente, 10 Dezembro, 2016)


In 2012 he recorded, with the MIT Women’s Chorale, a lost Mass setting by Charles René, which he discovered in South-Central France. Included on the CD are his own solo organ performances of never-heard music by Pierné.

Mr. Galiè has also accumulated a vast portfolio of compositions and arrangements for choral and sacred music, including a complete neo-Gregorian chant book of psalms (his own original compositions, based on the Liber Usualis), a complete hymnal (arrangements often based on chorales of J. S. Bach and his contemporaries and predecessors), and a repertoire of over 50 pieces of Italian traditional secular songs arranged for SATB chorus. His arrangements for women’s choruses are available at Sheet Music Plus.

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Photo: David Kuttler 2014