KEVIN KWAN LOUCKS
Pianist Kevin Kwan Loucks enjoys a multifaceted career as international concert artist, educator, and arts entrepreneur. He has been described as “impeccable” (La Presse, Montreal), “a shining talent” (Völser Zeitung, Italy), and “a pianist of exhilarating polish, unity and engagement” (The Orange County Register, California).
Pianist Kevin Kwan Loucks enjoys a multifaceted career as international concert artist, educator, and arts entrepreneur. He has been described as “impeccable” (La Presse, Montreal), “a shining talent” (Völser Zeitung, Italy), and “a pianist of exhilarating polish, unity and engagement” (The Orange County Register, California). He has earned ovations from Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, to Prösels Castle in Italy, the Kennedy Center, Kumho Art Hall and Seoul Arts Center in South Korea, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, and Prague’s Lichtenstein Palace. He has been featured on National Public Radio, CBC Radio 2, Classical KUSC, the Public Broadcasting Service, KABC-TV Los Angeles, and the Korean Broadcasting System, and was a top prize winner at the Schlern International Competition in Italy, the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in Boston, the Beverly Hills International Auditions in Los Angeles, and the American Prize in Piano Performance.
As a collaborative artist, Kevin Kwan Loucks has appeared in recitals with Rachel Barton Pine, Colin Carr, Paul Coletti, Robert deMaine, Glenn Dicterow, Karen Dreyfus, Eugene Drucker, Edgar Meyer, Johannes Moser, Kyung Sun Lee, and Carol Wincenc. He has been featured in collaborations with the Afiara, Arneis, Cecilia, Jupiter, Lyris, and Rus String Quartets, and has performed and recorded as a member of Gruppo Montebello, an all-star ensemble of acclaimed Banff Centre faculty and alumni based in Canada. Loucks has performed hundreds of recitals throughout North America, Europe, and Asia with his wife, violinist Iryna Krechkovsky, as part of the award-winning Krechkovsky/Loucks Duo. In 2012, the Duo formed Trio Céleste with cellist Ross Gasworth and served as Ensemble-in-Residence at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine where they also directed the annual Trio Céleste Summer Chamber Music Festival.
A Korean-American adoptee and graduate of The Juilliard School in New York City, Kevin Kwan Loucks was mentored by Julian Martin. He is an alumnus of programs at the Aspen Music Festival, Music@Menlo, and The Banff Centre, and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University where he served as Head of Piano for the Pre-College Division and Teaching Assistant for the Emerson String Quartet. He is Co-Founder of Chamber Music | OC, which earned him recognition from Orange County Business Journal and OC Weekly who named him one of Southern California’s most influential people. In 2018, Loucks joined the Music Academy of the West as Director of Innovation and Program Development where he is responsible for introducing and managing new outreach and impact programs to the Academy’s artistic operations. In addition to his artistic training, Loucks holds an Executive Master of Business Administration from the Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University where he studied entrepreneurship, finance, management, and strategy. He completed his Executive Education at Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Kevin Kwan Loucks joined the Music Academy of the West in 2018 as inaugural Director of Innovation and Program Development after serving as President of Chamber Music | OC, an organization he co-founded with his wife, Iryna Krechkovsky.
A Juilliard-trained concert pianist, educator, and arts entrepreneur with more than 15 years of experience in the performing arts industry, Mr. Loucks employs a diverse skill set that has inspired the cultivation and development of creative projects across various platforms. He performed hundreds of recitals worldwide in venues including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Prösels Castle, and Seoul Arts Center, and is regularly featured in seminars, educational master classes, and performance residencies in the world’s top academic institutions and centers for arts and culture. Mr. Loucks is a founding member of Trio Céleste, a chamber music ensemble hailed as “unfailingly stylish” by The Strad, and was named one of Southern California's Most Influential People by OC Weekly.
Mr. Loucks studied with Julian Martin at The Juilliard School and earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University where he was Teaching Assistant of the Emerson String Quartet and received the distinguished 40 Under 40 Alumni Award. He holds an Executive MBA from the Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University and completed his executive education at Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Mr. Loucks serves as a creative and administrative contributor to the following organizations.
The Music Academy of the West is among the nation’s preeminent summer schools and festivals for gifted young classically-trained musicians. At its ocean-side campus in Santa Barbara, the Academy provides these musicians with the opportunity for advanced study and performance under the guidance of internationally renowned faculty artists, guest conductors, and soloists. The Academy cultivates discerning, appreciative, and adventurous audiences, presenting more than 200 public events annually, many of them free of charge. These include performances by faculty, visiting artists, and fellows; masterclasses; orchestra and chamber music concerts; and a fully staged opera.
Launched in 2012 by pianist Dr. Kevin Kwan Loucks and violinist Dr. Iryna Krechkovsky, Chamber Music | OC has established itself as one of the most dynamic classical music organizations in the country dedicated to advancing the art of chamber music through performance, education, and community outreach. The Performance Division of Chamber Music | OC is designed to provide residents of Southern California with world-class chamber music recitals featuring rising stars and established veterans in the classical music world. The Education Division of Chamber Music | OC is anchored by its nationally-recognized Pre-College Program in residence at Chapman University. The Community Outreach Division of Chamber Music | OC aspires to make the benefits of music widely accessible through collaborations with local schools and community organizations.