Kyle Knox took over the dual positions of Music Director of WYSO and Associate Conductor of the Madison Symphony Orchestra beginning in the 2018-2019 season. Recent past and upcoming conducting credits include his debut with the Milwaukee Symphony (on both their Family and Connections concert series), the Madison Symphony’s 19-20 Bolz Final Forte and Education series concerts, Mark Adamo’s Little Women with Madison Opera, Albert Herring, The Turn of the Screw, and Transformations with UW Opera, Die Fledermaus, The Gondoliers and H.M.S. Pinafore with Madison Savoyards, as well as UW Music Clinic’s High School Honors Orchestra. Other concerts include Carousel, Sunday in the Park with George, and Sweeney Todd (2018) with Middleton Players Theatre, Jon Deak’s The Passion of Scrooge with Oakwood Chamber Players, as well as regular appearances with the Middleton Community Orchestra.
He was formerly a clarinettist 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.