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Ilyich Rivas was born in 1993, and has already developed a very impressive conducting career. The Venezuelan-American conductor made his professional debut at the age of 16 in front of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and has subsequently made successful debuts with a number of important orchestras in Europe and the US, including the London Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Stuttgart Radio Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hanover, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia. In addition, he has conducted the Verbier Festival Orchestra, the orchestras of London’s Royal College of Music and the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne, the Youth Orchestra of the Americas and the Youth Orchestra of Bahia, Brazil. During the 2012/2013 season, Ilyich worked as Assistant Conductor with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom he made a highly impressive official debut at the Royal Festival Hall in March 2014, returning with them to the same venue in 2015. In 2011 Ilyich travelled to Australia at the invitation of Michael Tilson Thomas to conduct the YouTube Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House. In 2009 after an audition in front of the Baltimore

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Ilyich Rivas was born in 1993, and has already developed a very impressive conducting career. The Venezuelan-American conductor made his professional debut at the age of 16 in front of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and has subsequently made successful debuts with a number of important orchestras in Europe and the US, including the London Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Stuttgart Radio Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hanover, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia. In addition, he has conducted the Verbier Festival Orchestra, the orchestras of London’s Royal College of Music and the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne, the Youth Orchestra of the Americas and the Youth Orchestra of Bahia, Brazil.


During the 2012/2013 season, Ilyich worked as Assistant Conductor with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom he made a highly impressive official debut at the Royal Festival Hall in March 2014, returning with them to the same venue in 2015. In 2011 Ilyich travelled to Australia at the invitation of Michael Tilson Thomas to conduct the YouTube Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House. In 2009 after an audition in front of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Ilyich was awarded the position of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/Peabody Institute Conducting fellow. This two-year position enabled him to study conducting at the Peabody Conservatory under the guidance of Gustav Meier and to work closely with Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony.


Recent highlights include his debuts with the Gothenburg Symphony, Orchestre National de Lyon, Auckland Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, as well as performances at the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival with the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hanover, and return visits to the Swedish Radio Symphony, Stuttgart Radio Symphony, and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Forthcoming highlights include his debut performances with the Brno Philharmonic, the Edmonton Symphony, and the Cameristi della Scala, a chamber orchestra comprising musicians from the orchestra of Milan’s prestigious Teatro alla Scala.


Ilyich Rivas is also developing a notable expertise as an Opera conductor. Following a three year mentoring programme under Vladimir Jurowski at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, he was invited to conduct Le nozze di Figaro in 2012, and following this successful debut he was immediately invited back to conduct Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel the following season. In the spring of 2014, he made an impressive debut with Opera North conducting performances of La Boheme, and future highlights include his debut with the Netherlands Reisopera in La Traviata.
Ilyich Rivas comes from a distinguished musical family, and studied conducting from an early age with his father Alejandro Rivas, an orchestral conductor himself, who continues to be his principal guide and mentor. Ilyich has been awarded the Bruno Walter Conducting Prize and the Prix Julius Baer in Switzerland, given by the Verbier Festival to a musician of exceptional talent.

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"I see a great future for this young conductor. The LPO responded to his direction which is clear and unaffected and played outstandingly well."

Classical Source, March 2015 - Rachmaninoff: Inside Out

"Glyndebourne’s own orchestra…provides top quality playing, while the young Venezuelan conductor Ilyich Rivas makes every note of the score tell."

The Stage, October 2013 - Glyndebourne on Tour: Hansel and Gretel

"[… It] was balanced by a fine feel for texture and a gift for finding nuances in the quieter moments, particularly from solo instruments. […] Rivas revealed in the joy in the music, giving it a pulse and sweep that bordered on playful at times. […] But there’s no arguing with the results, which are impressive. The players evidently thought so too, tapping their batons for Rivas as he took his final bows. He is clearly a talent to watch."

Bachtrack, January 2014 - Prague Philharmonia

"Twenty-year-old Venezuelan conductor Ilyich Rivas ensures a glorious and moving account of this richly Wagnerian score."

Daily Mail, October 2013 - Glyndebourne on Tour: Hansel and Gretel

"Rivas is incredibly clear and accurate and shows exactly what he wants and directs huge orchestral forces with much confidence and efficiency. ^[Das Orchester, zumeist gestandene Damen und Herren aus der ersten Garnitur deutscher Orchestermusiker, folgte sehr aufmerksam und nahm die Hinweise des jungen Maestros bereitwillig auf. Ein wunderbar harmonisches Miteinander war das Ergebnis, eine engagiert erzählte Geschichte in Musik, die Gänsehaut verursachte, hervorgerufen durch eine herausragende Spielkultur. Die ermöglichte beispielsweise, dass knapp 50 Streicher so transparent und kammermusikalisch klangen wie ein Streichquartett, ohne auch nur im mindesten an Substanz und Tiefe zu verlieren.]"

Frankfurter Neue Presse, May 2013 - Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra

"We now have the phenomenon of Ilyich Rivas, 19 this year and already making a name for himself ... On the strength of his Royal Liverpool Philharmonic debut, he is strikingly, almost disconcertingly good ... we need to keep our eyes on him."

The Guardian, May 2012 - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

"Twenty-year-old Ilyich Rivas [...] conducts a glowing and warm performance, finding rich Wagnerian echoes in Humperdinck's wonderfully melodic score. With a maturity way beyond his years he draws glorious playing from the Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra."

What's on stage, October 2013 - Glyndebourne on Tour: Hansel and Gretel

"Most exciting of all was the conducting of Ilyich Rivas: only 20 years old, he is clearly beguiled by the glowing colours and emotional density of this inexhaustibly beguiling score. Ah, youth!"

The Telegraph, May 2014 - Opera North: La Bohème