Organist/harpsichordist/harmoniumist/conductor/arranger Kevin Galiè is a native of Philadelphia, and his family of Italy’s Central Adriatic Coast. He is a citizen of both the United States and Italy. Like Schumann, Berio, Stravinsky, Tchaikowsky, Handel, Fritz Reiner, Hildegard Behrens, and many others, Mr. Galiè graduated from law school, studying and performing as a musician throughout, and soon after went back to The Boston Conservatory for his Masters’ Degree in Organ Performance.
Mr. Galiè has served as Music Director of the Blessed John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, MA for the last ten years. He is the principal organ/celesta/harmonium player for the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, principal guest organist in residence on the historic Fisk organ at Old West Church, Boston with Yuko Hayashi as Music Director. Kevin also is Co-Music Director of Boston’s Italian North End Saint Leonard’s and Sacred Heart church and adjunct faculty at Simmons College, a guest lecturer at the Longy School of Music, Rhode Island School of Design as well as being the newly appointed director of the 50 voice MIT Women’s Chorus. He is the founder and music director of the Italian repertoire “Coro-Dante” (yahoogroups.com) and the Coro-Dante voci bianchi – at the Dante Alighieri Society in Kendall Square Cambridge. In 2007 Mr. Galiè co-wrote a presentation on church music and acoustics that he presented at the American Society of Acoustical Engineers in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Mr. Galiè has performed with every orchestra in Boston, and was the organist and harmoniumist for Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1996 until 2003 when his musical activities in Italy and Europe became much more demanding. Kevin is featured playing the organ on the Boston Pops recording “A Splash of Pops”, Keith Lockhart, conducting. In 2000-2001 Mr. Galie was responsible for prompting the Boston Symphony to finally restore it’s historic Aeolian-Skinner organ, introducing the BSO to Connecticut restoration firm Foley-Baker. He was the final presenter of the organ to the family that funded the 2004 restoration, Jack Bethards, chief tonal consultant.
In October, 2008, Mr. Galiè for the second year in a row, played a solo organ recital on the giant 1912, 4-maunal Casavant organ in the cavernous Saint Anthony of Padua Church in New Bedford with the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, David MacKenzie, Music Director/Conductor. In November, he will playing his 1897 Etienne & Fils French harmonium with Randall Hodgkinson on the piano with Masterworks Chorale, performing Rossini’s Petite Messe Solonelle.
In addition to playing organ/keyboards and conducting, Kevin Galiè is a composer/arranger and has written a book of arrangements for Organ and 2 French Horns. He has emerged as one of the pre-eminent arrangers / restorers from original and missing manuscripts of the great non-Tchaikowsky classical Russian Ballets. His works are published under the label “Editions Anna-Marie Holmes” and his orchestrations have been performed by and in the American Ballet Theatre, Teatro alla Scala of Milano, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, the National Ballet company of Belgium, the Royal Ballet in Convent Garden, in Japan, the Kennedy Center of Washington D.C., and the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts Metropolitan Opera House of New York City. In April/May of 2008 Mr. Galie’ worked with the Rome Opera orchestrating a new version of the Adam’s “le Corsaire” and has already been engaged to work with La Scala in Milan in 2010 on a similar project.
This past summer, in addition to playing in Tanglewood, Mr. Galie’ performed solo organ concerts in Italy, most notably on the newly restored Ruffatti organ at the Santuario Beato Bernardo in Offida, to a sold out audience and megatron (large screen) presentation.
Kevin Galiè has performed the Poulenc Organ Concerto with Boston Ballet, Jonathon McPhee music director, Mark Churchill conducting, in a series of 12 performances to the choreography of Mark Morris. He also performed the Poulenc on the historic E.P. Biggs Skinner Organ at the Harvard Church in Brookline, and the 12th Century church of San Francesco on the 3 manual Tambourini organ in Ascoli Piceno, Italy.