Kyle Knox

Music Director & Youth Orchestra Conductor

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Over the past two seasons,​ Kyle Knox has assumed the positions of Music Director of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras, Associate Conductor​​ of the Madison Symphony Orchestra, and Conductor and Artistic Adviser of the Middleton Community Orchestra. Recent past and upcoming conducting credits include the Milwaukee Symphony (on both their ​Family and ​Connections​ concert series), the Madison Symphony’s annual Fall and Spring ​Education Series​ Concerts, as well as their ​Symphony Soup​, ​Concert on the Green​, and 19-20 ​Bolz Final Forte​ concerts (the latter broadcast live on WPT). In works for the stage, Kyle led Mark Adamo’s ​Little Women ​for Madison Opera, and later helped coordinate a studio artist showcase in the first ever collaboration between that company and WYSO. Other stage credits include Albert Herring, The Turn of the Screw,​ and ​Transformations​ with UW Opera, ​Die Fledermaus, The Gondoliers​ and ​H.M.S. Pinafore​ with Madison Savoyards, ​L’Histoire du Soldat​ in a collaboration between the Quad City Symphony and Ballet Quad Cities, ​Carousel​, ​Sunday in the Park with George​, and ​Sweeney Todd​ with Middleton Players Theatre, as well as Jon Deak’s ​The Passion of Scrooge​ with Oakwood Chamber Players. Additionally he has conducted UW Music Clinic’s High School Honors Orchestra.

He was formerly a clarinetist with the Milwaukee Symphony, Santa Fe Opera, and Philadelphia Orchestras, and on faculty at UW-Milwaukee. His festival credits include Tanglewood, Spoleto (Italy), Santa Fe Chamber Music, and Bowdoin Summer Music Festivals, as well as the New York String Orchestra Seminar. He has recorded for the Koch and Naxos labels and has been featured numerous times on NPR’s Performance Today.

Kyle has premiered works by Osvaldo Golijov, Tan Dun, Sean Shepherd, and Huang Ruo among many others. Nico Muhly’s chamber work Service Music (2004) was written for and dedicated to him. His debut album, a recording of Conrad Susa’s chamber opera Transformations (the work’s world premiere recording) will be released soon on iTunes.

Kyle studied clarinet with Ricardo Morales and Yehuda Gilad, and conducting with James Smith. He holds degrees from Juilliard and UW-Madison.

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