Kevin Beavers, born in 1971 in Medellín, Colombia, grew up in Keyser, a small town on the Potomac in West Virginia. He studied at West Virginia University (Bachelor of Music), the University of Michigan (Master of Music and Doctorate), and at the Tanglewood Music Festival master classes and as a Fulbright Scholar in Amsterdam. His teachers include William Albright, Leslie Bassett, John Beall, William Bolcom, Evan Chambers, and Theo Loevendie. Beavers has taught at Interlochen Arts Camp, the University of Texas at Austin, and Colorado University at Boulder.
He has received awards and commissions from prestigious institutions (such as the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Centennial Composition Competition or Nissim Prize ASCAP) and numerous major orchestras (e.g., Saint Louis Symphony) and chamber music venues. He was engaged by the California Symphony as Young-American-Composer-in-Residence for three years. His compositions include orchestral pieces, chamber music, vocal works, and wind ensembles.
Since 2013, he has been a lecturer in composition and formal theory at the Anton Rubinstein International Academy of Music in Düsseldorf, Germany and since 2021 she has been a lecturer at the Beethoven Conservatorium in Tegelen.