Winner of the 2018 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award by the US Solti Foundation, Roderick Cox was associate conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra for the 2016–17 and 2017–18 seasons. Before arriving in Minnesota, he served for two years as assistant conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and music director of the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra.
Mr. Cox was awarded the Robert J. Harth Conducting Prize from the Aspen Music Festival in 2013, which led to national recognition and a return to the festival as a fellow. He has also held fellowships with the Chicago Sinfonietta, as part of its Project Inclusion program, and the Chautauqua Music Festival, where he was a David Effron Conducting Fellow.
Recent guest conducting engagements include his Los Angeles Philharmonic subscription debut and his opera debut leading Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers at Houston Grand Opera, as well as debuts with Sinfonia Varsovia, BBC Scottish Symphony, and London’s Philharmonia Orchestra at the Brighton Festival. His US summer debut performances include the Houston Symphony (at the Miller Outdoor Theatre), The Cleveland Orchestra (Blossom Summer Series), and the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA). Mr. Cox also returned to the Minnesota Orchestra for concerts in Minneapolis and at the Beethoven Festival in Winona.
Highlights and debuts in the US during the 2019–20 season include the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Sphinx Symphony, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and San Antonio Symphony, as well as the New York Philharmonic leading a Young People’s Concert. In Europe, Mr. Cox will make debuts with the Orchestre de Paris, Dresden Philharmonic, Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, Mannheim Staatsorchester, and Iceland Symphony Orchestra.
Born in Macon, Georgia, Roderick Cox attended the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University and Northwestern University, graduating with a master’s degree in 2011.
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