B i o g r a p h y
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Kahler Suzuki is a tenaciously visionary artist whose work lights the way for innovative collaborations between music and a diverse array of media arts. His experiences as an instrumentalist, music director, producer, videographer and photographer have inspired his out-of-the-box methods and creative approach to projects.
Kahler is a multimedia producer at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., where he directs live video broadcasts for the National Symphony Orchestra, commonly in partnership with Medici.tv, the global leader in classical programming. He combines his formal classical music training with the highest standards in live and recorded concert video production to create widely engaging and visually appealing content.
Kahler is music director of the Octopodes, a competitive co-ed a cappella group from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition to organizing bi-annual concerts and engaging frequently in performances across the east coast, he recently led the Octopodes to the quarterfinal round of the 2018 International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella. In 2017, Kahler began producing a full-length album of a cappella music with the Octopodes and Liquid 5th Productions. Set to release in 2019, this album will be a product of his own arrangements, music direction, and post-production work. Click here to listen to the first single off the album.
As a cellist, Kahler's playing embodies colorful sensitivity and charm, while his devotion to new collaborative endeavors serves as a testament to his open-minded approach to music. He has performed in orchestral and chamber festivals in Santa Clara, Chicago, Rome, Florence, and London, and served as principal cello of the Peabody Concert Orchestra and Hawai`i Youth Symphony. He has performed in masterclasses with Matt Haimovitz, Pam Devenport, Julie Albers, Cecylia Barczyk, the Cavani Quartet, Chiara Quartet, Albers Trio and Dover Quartet. In the summer of 2015, he performed a solo recital program of works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff, Dvorak, and Shostakovich.
Kahler is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in performance at the Peabody Institute of Music of the Johns Hopkins University, where he currently studies with Alan Stepansky. In addition to playing cello, Kahler has also had formal studies in percussion and horn.