Category Archives: About the Artist

Kevin_RivardKevin Rivard

Known for his “delicious quality of tone” Kevin Rivard is the Co-Principal Horn of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, and Principal Horn of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra.

As a soloist and chamber musician, he has performed with the New Century Chamber Orchestra, Music@Menlo, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Winner of numerous solo competitions, he was awarded Grand Prize at the 2008 Concours International d’Interpretation Musicale in Paris, the 2007 International Horn Competition of America, the 2003 Farkas Solo Horn competition, and in 2001 was a Presidential Scholar in the Arts.

Mr. Rivard has served as guest Principal Horn with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and has performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He was also a featured soloist with the Houston Symphony. Previous positions include the Colorado Symphony and Florida Orchestra. A Juilliard graduate, Mr. Rivard spends his summers performing with the Aspen Music festival and Music@Menlo, and previously has appeared with the Santa Fe Opera and Verbier Music Festival.

As one of the horn professors at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Mr. Rivard loves teaching and inspiring the next generation of horn players. Every year he volunteers at local schools performing for youth, hoping to give as many children as possible the opportunity to enjoy live music.

Photo credit: Bernard Mindich
Photo credit: Bernard Mindich

Paul Neubauer

Violist Paul Neubauer’s exceptional musicality and effortless playing led the New York Times to call him “a master musician.”

This season he will appear in recital and with orchestras in the U.S. and Asia including his Chicago Symphony subscription debut with Riccardo Muti performing Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with violinist Robert Chen. His recording of the Aaron Kernis Viola Concerto with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, a work he premiered with the St. Paul Chamber, Los Angeles Chamber, and Idyllwild Arts orchestras and the Chautauqua Symphony will be released on Signum Records.

Appointed principal violist of the New York Philharmonic at age 21, he has appeared as soloist with over 100 orchestras including the New York, Los Angeles, and Helsinki philharmonics; National, St. Louis, Detroit, Dallas, San Francisco, and Bournemouth symphonies; and Santa Cecilia, English Chamber, and Beethovenhalle orchestras. He has premiered viola concertos by Bartók (revised version of Viola Concerto), Friedman, Glière, Jacob, Kernis, Lazarof, Müller-Siemens, Ott, Penderecki, Picker, Suter, and Tower and has appeared on CBS’s Sunday Morning, and A Prairie Home Companion. He was an Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient and the first prizewinner of the Whitaker, D’Angelo and Lionel Tertis International Competitions and has been featured in Strad, Strings and People magazine.

A two-time Grammy nominee, he has recorded on numerous record labels including Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, RCA Red Seal and Sony Classical and in 2016, he released a solo album of music recorded at Music@Menlo. He is on the faculty of The Juilliard School and Mannes College.