Kevin Rhodes celebrates his fifth season as Music Director of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra in Massachusetts and the Traverse Symphony in Michigan amid a climate of artistic accolades for both orchestras' classical performances, as well as unprecedented growth in attendance and public enthusiasm for classical music.
Both orchestras have experienced major growth under Mr. Rhodes' leadership including increased number of performances as well as expansion of repertoire.
Prior to coming to the Springfield and Traverse Symphonies in 2001 he lived and conducted for over 10 years in Europe. While based in Europe Maestro Rhodes led over 700 performances with 20 different orchestras, including the Vienna State Opera Orchestra (the Vienna Philharmonic), La Scala of Milan, the Symphony Orchestra of Madrid, the Berlin Staatskappelle, the Zagreb Philharmonic, the Dusseldorf Symphony, the Duisburg Philharmonic, the Basel Symphony Orchestra and the Swiss Chamber Philharmonic among others. Since returning to the US Rhodes has maintianed an active carreer in Europe continuing his activities in Vienna,Milan and Duesseldorf as well as making his debut at the Bastille Opera House in Paris in the summer of 2005. In the opera house Rhodes' repertoire has ranged from the major ballets of Prokofiev (Romeo and Julliet, Cinderella), Bartok (The Wooden Prince, The Miraculous Mandarin), Stravinsky (Le Sacre de Printemps, Firebird) and Tchaikovsky(Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty) to the operas of Richard Strauss (Die Frau ohne Schatten, Salome, Der Rosenkavelier), Verdi (Aida, Il Trovatore, Rigoletto), Puccini (Tosca, La Boheme), Massanet, Mozart, Smetena, J.Strauss and many others.
On this side of the Atlantic Mr. Rhodes has led the Delaware Symphony, the Canton Symphony, the Jacksonville Florida Symphony ,Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston and returned to his alma mater, Michigan State University, as a visiting artist.
Mr. Rhodes began his professional conducting career at the age of 16 in his hometown of Evansville, Indiana. He received a bachelor's degree in piano performance from Michigan State, studying conducting with Leon Gregorian and piano with Ralph Votapek and Deborah Moriarty-Forger. He earned a master's degree in orchestral conducting at the University of Illinois under the tutelage of Paul Vermel, with whom he also studied at the Aspen Music Festival. He was the 1980 piano performance winner of the Evansville Philharmonic Concerto Competition. Mr. Rhodes was Principal Pianist of the New Mexico Symphony and Music Director and Conductor of the Albuquerque Civic Light Opera. He has performed in hundreds of chamber music concerts in the United States and throughout Switzerland.
Mr Rhodes has had the dinstinction of conducting at the Rurh Trienalle Festival, the 100th Herzel/Israel Celebrations, the east coast premiere of Phillip Glass' 2nd Piano Concerto as well as leading the companies of Basel, Vienna and Duesseldorf on important tours throughout Europe.