For many, this is the dream: They’re standing in front of a silent crowd, raise their hands, and then music starts playing. But for music conductor Kevin Zakresky, this is his reality.
In the coming weeks, Zakresky will be conducting the legendary Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Wembley Arena – and all the music they will be playing, comes from the video game Zelda.
“There’s a big screen above the stage, where the audience gets to look at scenes from the video games. And below that is a vast orchestra…playing a massive score. It’s quite different than most traditional classical music events.”
Zakresky, who grew up in small town Prince George, says he never dreamed he would be where he is today.
“I never really played video games as a youngster, I played piano. One day last spring, Zelda was coming through Vancouver. I was a part of the show and gave my business card to their main conductor, and I said, ‘You know I think I could do this, it looks like a lot of fun.’ And I guess they checked out my stuff online and booked me for a few shows this year!”
He says to be a great conductor you need to be extremely enthusiastic about the music the orchestra is performing.
“I think then you can make it something that other people also get enthusiastic about.”
Listen to Zakresky’s full interview with Lynda Steele below – including more on the Legend of Zelda Orchestra.