Known for his “delicious quality of tone," Juilliard graduate Kevin Rivard is currently 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, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Winner of numerous solo competitions, he was awarded the grand prize at the 2008 Concours International d’Interprétation Musicale in Paris, the 2007 International Horn Competition of America, and the 2003 Farkas horn competition.
He served as guest principal horn with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and he was a featured soloist with the Houston Symphony. Previous positions also include the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and Florida Orchestra. Professor Rivard has performed with the Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Music Festival, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and the Verbier Festival. As horn professor with California State University East Bay, Professor Rivard loves teaching and inspiring young students. Every year, he volunteers at local schools performing for youth, hoping to give as many children as possible the opportunity to enjoy live music.