Hailed as “un jeune chef très talentueux” by Radio-Canada, Kevin Zakresky is a choral and orchestral conductor living in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is currently a touring conductor for Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses, a production that has seen him direct orchestras in Philadelphia, Montreal, Quebec City, Charlottesville, Columbus, Miami, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Buenos Aires, Santiago, Fresno, and London (with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra in Wembley Arena). The 2017 season will see him conduct 20 performances of Zelda including shows in Seattle, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Portland, Birmingham UK, San Diego, Pittsburgh, and Dublin. He will also be guest conducting the Fort Worth Symphony in a performance of rePlay: Symphony of Heroes.
Zakresky is founder-director of Players and Singers in Vancouver, an ensemble that performs dramatic choral, orchestral and operatic works. In its inaugural season, Players and Singers is presenting John Blow’s Venus and Adonis in January 2018 and Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Unicorn, Gorgon and the Manticore in June 2018.
He is past Director of the Pacifica Singers, an ensemble associated with the Vancouver Chamber Choir, and past Music Director of the Prince George Symphony Orchestra in British Columbia. During his time with the PGSO, he worked with many soloists including Jane Coop, Dale Barltrop, Nadina Mackie Jackson and Lucas Wong. He has recently conducted the St Louis Symphony, Sudbury Symphony, West Coast Symphony and two concerts with the Vancouver Chamber Choir.
He has been a faculty member of the Vancouver International Song Institute, directed choirs at Douglas College and taught conducting at the School for Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University. He currently teaches at the Vancouver Symphony School of Music. He completed his Doctorate at Yale University in 2012.