Roderick Cox | Conductor
Assistant Conductor, Minnesota Orchestra
Recognized as one of America’s fastest rising young conducting talents, Roderick Cox currently serves as the Assistant Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, a position he was appointed to in April 2015. Previously, he served two years as the Assistant Conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra. A Georgia native, Cox was selected by the League of American Orchestras as one of five conductors presented at the 2016 Bruno Walter National Conducting Preview, a prestigious showcase for young conductors from around the country poised for music directorships. He was awarded the Robert J. Harth Conducting Prize from the Aspen Music Festival in 2013, which led to a return to the festival as a fellow and national recognition. He has also held prestigious fellowships with the Chicago Sinfonietta and the Chautauqua Music Festival.
Highlights from the recent season has included concerts with the Minnesota Orchestra, conducting debut concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and Florida Orchestra, also return appearances with the Macon Symphony Orchestra, and Chicago Sinfonietta.
Roderick received a unanimous vote of confidence following his audition to join the Minnesota Orchestra. After 6 months in the position, the Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine named Roderick "Best Assistant Conductor Who No Doubt Will Someday Run The Show" in their annual Best of the Twin Cities round-up of 2015. As Assistant Conductor Orchestra, Cox has a range of responsibilities from leading Young People’s Concerts, family programs and outdoor community concerts to serving as cover conductor for many Classical subscription and Live at Orchestra Hall concert performances. Additionally, the he serves as a key link to the community, participating in engagement activities, school visits and collaborations with other Minnesota arts and cultural institutions.
Roderick earned his Master of Music degree in conducting from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. His conducting teachers have been Mallory Thompson and Victor Yampolsky, Robert Spano, Larry Rachleff, Mei-Ann Chen, and Adrian Gnam.