Conductor, Kevin Mallon was brought up in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He attended Chetham’s School of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music and Dartington College of Arts, studying composition with Peter Maxwell Davies and conducting with John Eliot Gardiner, and specialising in baroque violin. He became concertmaster with Le Concert Spirituel and Les Arts Florissants in Paris and led and directed The Irish Baroque Orchestra before moving to Canada to take up posts with Tafelmusik and Toronto University. In 1999 he founded the Aradia Ensemble, with which he has toured widely, and became conductor of the Toronto Chamber Orchestra. He has made some fifty recordings for Naxos. From 2005–2009, he was Artistic Director of Opera 2005 in Ireland. In 2010 he was appointed music director of the Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra, Ottawa and in 2011, conductor of New York’s West Side Chamber Orchestra. Mallon is also conductor of the Centre for Operatic Studies in Italy. He is also a frequent guest conductor in Canada and around the world.