Associate conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra since September 2016, Roderick Cox was honored with the 2018 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award.

As an awardee, Cox receives $30,000 toward career development; the largest conducting prize in America. 

A native of Macon, Georgia, and a graduate of Northwestern University with a master’s degree in conducting, Cox is one of four participants selected to participate in the 2018 Daniele Gatti Masterclass with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. A recipient of a 2017 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, Cox’s awards and honors also include the 2013 Robert J. Harth Conducting Prize from the Aspen Music Festival, which led to national recognition and a return to the festival as a fellow. Other fellowships include a 2014 Chicago Sinfonietta Project Inclusion Conducting Freeman Fellowship, and the 2012 Chautauqua Institution David Effron Conducting Fellowship.

Highlights of Cox’s 2017-2018 season included conducting a second subscription concert week with the Minnesota Orchestra, concerts with the BBC Symphony Orchestra (London), Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and Seattle Symphony, and making his debut with the Omaha Symphony Orchestra.

Upcoming 2018 summer engagements include his debuts with the Grant Park Festival Symphony Orchestra in Chicago and Orchestra Metropolitan at the Launaudiere Festival. 2018-19 season highlights will include a subscription concert debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra with Cameron Carpenter in November 2018, and his Opera debut with Houston Grand Opera in January 2019 in performances of Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles.

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