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.