“Roderick Cox, associate conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, is the recipient of the 2018 Sir George Solti Conducting Award, the Solti Foundation announced today,” writes Susan Elliott in Wednesday’s (5/23) Musical America (subscription required). “He receives $30,000 toward career development, the largest conducting prize in the U.S. ‘Roderick continues to demonstrate the promise we witnessed over a year ago when he was selected as a recipient of a 2017 Solti Foundation Career Assistance Award,’ said Foundation Chair Penny Van Horn in her comments.” Van Horn is also on the board of the League of American Orchestras. “Cox, 31, was promoted from assistant to associate [conductor] in Minnesota in 2016. A native of Macon, GA, he was previously assistant conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and music director of the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra. In addition to [participating] in the 2018 Daniele Gatti Masterclass with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Cox’s awards include the 2013 Robert J. Harth Conducting Prize from the Aspen Music Festival. Guest podiums include the Chineke! Orchestra (Great Britain)” and several U.S. orchestras. “Next season’s highlights include debuts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Houston Grand Opera.” Cox took part in the League of American Orchestras’ 2016 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview.
Posted May 23, 2018
Roderick Cox photo by Matt Blewett