American conductor Kevin Rhodes has had an exceptionally varied career spanning concerts, opera and ballet across the globe, having conducted in 15 different countries with approximately 50 different orchestras. His work extends from the major opera houses of Europe to the concert stages of the U.S. He has collaborated with such diverse artists as Andre Watts, Nadja Solerno-Sonnenberg, Peter Serkin, Glenn Dicterow and Lorin Hollander in the classical arena while working with pops favorites such as Art Garfunkel and the Kingston Trio. One of the most highly sought after conductors by Europe's major ballet companies, Rhodes has made an international name for himself conducting for the Paris Opera Ballet, the Vienna State Opera Ballet, the Ballet of la Scala, the Berlin State Opera Ballet, The Dutch National Ballet, The Stuttgart Ballet, The Basel Ballet, The Verona Ballet, The Ballet of Teatro San Carlo and many others.
This season marks his twelfth as Music Director of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra in Massachusetts and the Traverse Symphony Orchestra in Michigan. He assumed these posts in 2001 after working exclusively for 10 years in Europe where he led orchestras at the top opera houses in repertoire ranging from the operas of Richard Strauss,Verdi, Puccini, Massanet, Mozart, Smetena and many others to the major ballets of Prokofiev, Bartok and Tchaikovsky. Since the 2010-2011 season he has also served as Conductor of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston.
While now based in the US Rhodes has also maintained an active guest conducting schedule in Europe over the years. The 2013-2014 season sees Rhodes making his North American ballet debut with the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center in Manhattan as well as returning to the Paris Opera for a production in Paris and a tour with the company to Tokyo. He will also lead concerts this season with the Tacoma Symphony orchestra in Washington.