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At his age of 22 Ilyich Rivas already possesses a very impressive conducting career. The Venezuelan-American conductor made his first professional debut at the age of 16 in front of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Thereafter Ilyich Rivas has had important and successful debuts with such orchestras as the London Philharmonic, Stuttgart Radio Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, NDR Hannover, Suisse Romande Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon and Galicia Orchestra. In addition, he has conducted the Verbier Festival Orchestra, the orchestra of the Royal College of Music, Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne, YOA-Youth Orchestra of the Americas and the NEOJIBA- Youth Orchestra from Bahia, Brazil. As an Opera conductor, following a three year mentoring program under Vladimir Jurowski at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, he was invited to conduct Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro in 2012, and following this successful debut he was immediately invited back to conduct Humperdinks’s Hänsel und Gretel the following season. In addition, in the spring of 2014, he made an impressive debut with Opera North conducting performances of La Boheme. During the 2012/2013 season, Ilyich worked as assistant Conductor with the London Philharmonic

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At his age of 22 Ilyich Rivas already possesses a very impressive conducting career. The Venezuelan-American conductor made his first professional debut at the age of 16 in front of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Thereafter Ilyich Rivas has had important and successful debuts with such orchestras as the London Philharmonic, Stuttgart Radio Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, NDR Hannover, Suisse Romande Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon and Galicia Orchestra. In addition, he has conducted the Verbier Festival Orchestra, the orchestra of the Royal College of Music, Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne, YOA-Youth Orchestra of the Americas and the NEOJIBA- Youth Orchestra from Bahia, Brazil.


As an Opera conductor, following a three year mentoring program under Vladimir Jurowski at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, he was invited to conduct Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro in 2012, and following this successful debut he was immediately invited back to conduct Humperdinks’s Hänsel und Gretel the following season. In addition, in the spring of 2014, he made an impressive debut with Opera North conducting performances of La Boheme.


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 You Tube Symphony Orchestra at the Sidney Opera House. In 2009 after an audition in front of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO), Ilyich was awarded the position of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/Peabody Institute Conducting fellow. This two-year position enabled Rivas to study conducting at the Peabody Conservatory under Gustav Meier’s guidance and to work closely with Marin Alsop and the BSO.


Ilyich has been awarded the Bruno Walter Conducting Prize in the U.S. and the Prix Julius Baer in Switzerland, given by the Verbier Festival to a musician of exceptional talent.
In the 2015/16 season he will make his debut with the Gothenburg Symphony, Orchestre National de Lyon, the Saarbrucken Radio Philharmonic, as well as return visits to the Swedish Radio Symphony, Stuttgart Radio Symphony, and Suisse Romande Orchestra.
Ilyich comes from a distinguished musical family. From a very early age he studied conducting with his father Alejandro Rivas, an orchestral conductor himself, who continues to be his principal guide and mentor today.

Season: 2015/16

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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