Biography & Curriculum Vitae

About Kevin Rhodes

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 17th Anniversary Seasons as Music Director of Massachusetts’ Springfield Symphony Orchestra and Michigan’s Traverse Symphony Orchestra and his eighth season as Principal Conductor of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra in Boston. In addition this season Maestro Rhodes returns to the Vienna State Opera for the 23rd year in multiple programs as well as leading the revival of legendary choreographer, John Cranko’s Swan Lake in Stuttgart, Germany.

His work extends from the major opera houses of Europe to the concert stages of the US. He has been a presence in the major musical capitals of Europe for well over 20 years, with credits including The Paris Opera, The Vienna State Opera, The Berlin State Opera, La Scala of Milan, The Dutch National Ballet, The Verona Ballet, The Stuttgart Ballet, The New York City Ballet and many others. Rhodes is one of the most sought after conductors by the world’s major ballet companies and their orchestras. His work at many of those illustrious opera houses has been seen and heard throughout Europe in many televised appearances and all over the world with the introduction of cinema performances, in addition to a number of productions having been filmed for DVD.

Kevin Rhodes began his European career as a house conductor at the Basel Stadttheater in Basel, Switzerland. After Basel, he moved on to the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf/Duisburg Germany as a First Kappelmeister leading hundreds of performances of the standard operatic repertoire from Magic Flute to Der Rosenkavelier, while at the same time serving as the principal ballet conductor of the Vienna State Opera after a very successful debut season there with Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet. Further engagements followed at many other opera houses and orchestras throughout the continent…Berlin, Wiesbaden, Heidelberg, Naples, Verona, Milan, Paris, Stuttgart , etc. kevin rhodes

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 as well as attending to the many outreach and education activities of those institutions. Under his leadership those ensembles and audiences have experienced tremendous growth and enthusiasm about classical music. With the start of the 2010-2011 season, Rhodes began working as Principal Conductor of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston and has been invigorating that ensemble with his trademark energy. Maestro Rhodes has also guest conducted the Houston Symphony, the Jacksonville Symphony (FL), the Canton Symphony (OH), the Queens Symphony (NJ) and many more.  Kevin Rhodes Profile in MyNorth

Kevin Rhodes Symphonic Conductor - Opera, Symphony, BalletIn the 2016-2017 season Maestro Rhodes made his highly successful debut with the Norwegian National Ballet in Oslo for a production of Don Quixote at the Oslo Opera House. He also returned to the Paris Opera for a triple bill of Ballanchine masterpieces with music by Stravinsky, Brahms/Schoenberg and Tchaikovsky. 19 years after having led the last major Viennese revival of Glazunov’s Raymonda in the legendary staging of Rudolf Nureyev in 1997, he conducted last season’s new staging which was seen worldwide in a special Live from the Vienna State Opera streaming event. In addition to that production he led lead the annual season finale, a Nureyev Gala celebrating the famed dancer and choreographer’s life and work with soloists and guests from around the world. This is an event he will again oversee in 2018 of the fifth time. He is also conducted performances of the Stuttgart Ballet’s production of John Cranko’s immortal staging of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet.

Rhodes began his professional conducting career at the age of 16 in his hometown of Evansville, Indiana. He received his BM in Piano Performance from Michigan State University where he studied conducting with Maestro Leon Gregorian, and earned his MM in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Illinois under the tutelage of Paul Vermel.

Kevin Rhodes 2014 - John Robert Williams Photography

Guest Conducting

  • Norwegian National Ballet, Oslo, Norway 2017
  • Stuttgart Ballet, Stuttgart, Germany 2016,2017
  • Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria 1995-2017
  • Paris Opera, Paris, France 2005-2016
  • Tokyo Philharmonic, Tokyo, Japan 2015
  • Stamford Symphony Orchestra, Stamford, CT 2015
  • New Tokyo City Philharmonic, Tokyo, Japan 2014
  • Santa Fe Symphony, Santa Fe, New Mexico 2014
  • Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, Tacoma, WA 2013
  • Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Windsor, ON 2012
  • Dutch National Ballet, (Het National Ballet) Holland Symfonia, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2010
  • National Performing Arts Center Orchestra, Bejing, China, 2010
  • La Scala, Milan, Italy, 2010, 2006-2007, 2005, 2003, 2001
  • Hartford Symphony Orchestra, 2010
  • Verona Opera, Verona, Italy, 2006-2007
  • Houston Symphony, Houston, Texas, 2007
  • Queens Symphony Orchestra, Queens, New York, 2006
  • Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2006, 2008
  • Symphony Orchestra Basel, Basel, Switzerland, 2006
  • Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Duesseldorf, Germany, 2005
  • Rurhgebiet Festival, Bochum, Germany, 2004
  • Canton Symphony Orchestra, Canton, Ohio, 2003
  • Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Wilmington, Deleware, 2003
  • Berlin State Opera, Berlin, Germany, 1999, 2000
  • Teato Real, Madrid, Spain, 2000
  • Zagreb Philharmonic, Zagreb, Croatia, 2000
  • Sinfonie Orchester Basel, Basel, Switzerland, 1999,2002
  • Vienna Volksoper, Vienna, Austria 1997-1999
  • Wuertembuergisches Staatstheater, Stuttgart, Germany, 1998
  • Hessisches Staatstheater, Wiesbaden,Germany, 1996, 1997, 1998
  • Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Jacksonville, Florida, 1997
  • Suedwestfaellisches Philharmonie, Germany, 1996, 1998, 2000

Positions Held

  • Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Springfield, Massachusetts, Music Director, 2001-present
  • Traverse Symphony Orchestra, Traverse City, Michigan, Music Director, 2001-present
  • Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Boston, Massachusetts, Principal Conductor, 2010-present
  • Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Duesseldorf/Duisburg, Germany, Kappelmeister, 1996-2001
  • Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria, Principal Ballet Conductor, 1996-2001
  • Stadttheater Basel, Basel, Switzerland, Kappelmeister, 1991-1996
  • Basel Chamber Symphony, Basel, Switzerland, Music Director, 1995-2001
  • Swiss Chamber Philharmonic, Zurich, Switzerland, Music Director, 1999-2001
  • Basel Festival Orchestra, Basel, Swizterland, Principal Guest Conductor, 1997-2001
  • Albuquerque Civic Light Opera, Albuquerque, NM, Music Director, 1989-1991


  • Michigan State University – East Lansing, Michigan Bachelor Degree – Piano Performance 1987
  • University of Illinois – Urbana, Illinois Master Degree – Orchestral Conducting 1989
  • Aspen Music Fesitval – Aspen, Colorado Conducting Seminar 1986, 1987