James Stroud

Classical Guitar Competition


presented by the

Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival®

and hosted by the

Cleveland Institute of Music

Kevin Loh (Singapore) Born and raised in Singapore, Kevin Loh is a recipient of the Fellowship of the Royal Schools of Music, the 2018 Goh Soon Tioe Centenary Award and the 2010 HSBC Youth Excellence Award for Musical Excellence. He was talent-scouted by The Yehudi Menuhin School via his YouTube channel when he was only 12 years old and was awarded a grant by The Rolling Stones to study at the prestigious music school as their first Asian guitarist.

Kevin spent 7 years at the Menuhin School under the guidance of Richard Wright, and through the school he received coaching from many of the world’s leading guitarists and musicians, including John Williams, Paolo Pegoraro, Tilmann Hoppstock, Pavel Steidl, Simone Fontanelli, Stephen Goss & Jonathan Leathwood amongst others.

As an active performer, he has performed all over the world, including the Wigmore Hall in London, the Berlin Konzerthaus and the Suntory Hall in Tokyo. He has been invited to many guitar festivals in London, Hong Kong and Calcutta amongst others as a performing artist, giving masterclasses as well as sharing his knowledge and experience on developing as a musician. In addition, he has worked with various orchestras including the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, with whom Kevin gave the world premiere of the Guitar Concerto by Singaporean composer Prof. Bernard Tan in 2013. More recently, he was named the 2019 Singapore Symphony Orchestra’s ‘President’s Young Performer’ and performed the iconic Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquin Rodrigo.

Kevin’s extraordinary musicality has won him international accolades, winning various 1st prizes from many of the world’s prestigious classical guitar competitions, including the Open Category at the 34th Volos International Guitar Festival and Competition. In 2020, Kevin won 1st prize in the Cambridge University Musical Society Concerto Competition and will perform with the Cambridge University Orchestra in 2022. Most recently, he received the 1st prize in the London International Guitar Competition 2020.

Besides being recognized internationally as one of the finest young classical guitarists, what sets Kevin further apart is his great passion, optimism, enthusiasm and consistent efforts to inspire and to contribute to the local arts community and around the region. Ever since he was six years of age, Kevin started participating in many fundraising activities and outreach programs to local institutions, the heartlands and around Asia. He regularly visits schools to share more about the guitar and music education. He also raises funds through his music in Singapore and in the region for various charities and initiatives such as ChildAid, which strives to provide opportunities for underprivileged children to have exposure in the arts. In 2010, Kevin gave his solo debut concert at the Esplanade Concert Hall and raised SGD$180,000 for The Business Times Budding Artist Fund and The Straits Times Pocket Money Fund. In 2016, Kevin joined students and staff of The Yehudi Menuhin School to help transport supplies to “The Jungle” refugee camp in Calais, France and performed for the refugees, migrants and volunteers.

Kevin is now pursuing his undergraduate degree in Music at Girton College, University of Cambridge as the College Music Scholar as well as a scholar of the Loke Cheng-Kim Foundation.

Artist's Website: kevinlohguitar.wordpress.com/