This week, Roderick Coxmakes his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra in two concerts, conducting works by Camille Saint-Saëns, a new commission by Manhattan School of Music Graduate Christopher Cerrone, and Francis Poulenc’s Concerto for Organ in G Minor (with Cameron Carpenter on organ).
Winner of the 2018 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award by the US Solti Foundation, Roderick was named the Minnesota Orchestra’s Associate Conductor in September 2016 for a two-year period following a year in which he served 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.
Highlights among recent engagements as a guest conductor included a subscription concert debut with the Minnesota Orchestra and debut concerts with the Cleveland, Seattle Symphony, Santa Fe and BBC Symphony orchestras as well as at the Lanaudiere Festival with the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal, Grant Park Festival in Chicago and at the Manhattan School of Music, conducting Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Roderick also conducted a performance sponsored by Google and the Colour of Music Festival for the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington D.C.
This season, Roderick will make his opera debut with Houston Grand Opera in January 2019 in performances of Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles.
Find out more about Roderick in our Spotlight feature in the spring issue of The Green Room.
Watch this short interview with Roderick below, where he shares his thoughts about music and being a young Afro-American conductor.
Visit the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra website for more details regarding Roderick’s debut.