Winner of the 2018 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award by the US Solti Foundation, Roderick Cox was named the Minnesota Orchestra’s associate conductor in September 2016 for a two-year period, which followed a year serving as the ensemble’s assistant conductor. 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 conductor engagements include his Minnesota Orchestra subscription concert debut, his Cleveland Orchestra debut, and appearances with the Seattle Symphony, Santa Fe Symphony, and BBC Symphony orchestras, as well as at the Festival de Lanaudière with the Orchestre Métropolitain, Grant Park Festival in Chicago, and Manhattan School of Music conducting Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Mr. Cox also led a performance sponsored by Google and the Colour of Music Festival for the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC.
In the 2018–19 season, Roderick Cox made his subscription concert debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and organist Cameron Carpenter, which led to an immediate re-invitation to lead the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) in the summer of 2019. Mr. Cox also made his operatic debut with Houston Grand Opera in performances of Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers, as well as symphonic debuts with Sinfonia Varsovia, Philharmonia Orchestra at the Brighton Festival, and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Summer festival performances include the Houston Symphony, Peninsula Music Festival, Dresden Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, and Minnesota Orchestra.
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