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Kerwin Young (he/him/his) is a concert & media composer, and an award-winning, multi-platinum, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame recording producer. He is also an educator, and a Hip-Hop Cultural Ambassador and Performing Rights Associate with the U.S. Department of State (Next Level). His career and musical output is unbound by genre.

He is among the first from the Hip-Hop culture to become a recognized force in Western classical music. 

A member of Public Enemy's infamous production team, "The Bomb Squad", Kerwin produced several of the group's albums and solo projects. He has produced and collaborated with iconic artists as Ice Cube, Rakim, Mobb Deep,

the 2 Live Crew, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Roy Haynes, Bobby Brown, Tevin Campbell, and Janet Jackson; producing songs for posthumous albums by Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix.

Since 1989, Young has composed and produced original songs and theatrical scores for film and television, including Sister Act 2, New York Undercover, Dirty Grandpa, The Gentlemen, After College, Euphoria, and The Midnight Club.

As a concert composer, Young has composed nine symphonies, several orchestral fantasies, ballet suites, choral works, chamber, wind band, and jazz big-band works. His concert works have been performed by the Albany (NY) Symphony, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Lansing Symphony Orchestra, DC Youth Orchestra, Inscape Chamber Orchestra, Music From China, ROCO, Del Sol String Quartet, Tesla Quartet, Hausmann Quartet, and the Chautauqua Opera Company.

Kerwin Young earned a B.M. and M.M. in music composition at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, where he studied with Chen Yi, Zhou Long, and Jazz Messenger legend, Bobby Watson. 

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