American conductor Kevin Rhodes enjoys an exceptionally varied career spanning concerts, opera and ballet across the globe, having conducted in over 15 different countries with more than 50 different orchestras. This season he is celebrating twin 20th Anniversary Seasons as Music Director of Massachusetts’ Springfield Symphony Orchestra and Michigan’s Traverse Symphony Orchestra and his eleventh season as Principal Conductor of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra in Boston.
American conductor Kevin Rhodes has had a career marked by versatility and variety, and has been directing the SSO as Music Director and Conductor since the 2001 concert season.
Having been a presence in the major musical capitals of Europe for well over nearly 30 years, Rhodes is one of the most sought-after conductors by the world’s major ballet companies and their orchestras. With work extending from the major opera houses of Europe to the concert stages of the U.S., in 2019-2020, Maestro Rhodes returns to the Vienna State Opera for the 26th season, leading an important new production of the rarely produced masterpiece by French composer, Delibes, his “Sylvia” in a new production by ballet director Manuel Legris, as well as leading the company’s production of “Nutcracker” and the annual Nureyev Gala. Rhodes also returns to the Oslo Opera House and the Norwegian National Ballet for their production of Nutcracker as well.
Kevin Rhodes began his European career as a house conductor at the Basel Stadttheater in Basel, Switzerland, and then as a First Kappelmeister at Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf/Duisburg Germany. At the same time, he served as the principal ballet conductor of the Vienna State Opera. Further engagements followed at Berlin,Verona, Milan, Paris,Wiesbaden, Heidelberg, Naples, Stuttgart, etc.
Since returning to the US in 2001 to take over the leadership of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra in Massachusetts and Traverse Symphony Orchestra in Michigan, he has devoted himself to the building of those two ensembles. With the start of the 2010-2011 season, Rhodes began working as Principal Conductor of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston. Maestro Rhodes has also guest-conducted symphonies across the country. Over the past several seasons, Rhodes has conducted performances in Paris, Tokyo, Beijing, Amsterdam, Brisbane, Stuttgart, and Oslo in addition to his current relationships with Vienna and Oslo.
Rhodes began his professional conducting career at the age of 16 in his hometown of Evansville, Indiana. He received his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Michigan State University where he studied conducting with Maestro Leon Gregorian, and earned his Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Illinois under the tutelage of Paul Vermel.