In Sunday's paper, I had a story about Ilyich Rivas, the exceptional 16-year-old, Venezuelan-born recipient of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra-Peabody Institute Conducting Fellowship. He's clearly a talent to watch.
Not many teens have high-profile management. Rivas is represented by IMG Artists, on the same roster that includes the likes of Temirkanov, Gilbert, Previn, Honeck, Flor, Welser-Most and Jurowski. Rivas has already made his Atlanta Symphony Orchestra debut and is bound to get other interesting opportunities, even while pursuing his studies at Peabody (he's in the graduate conducting class, just a few months after earning a GED to put high school behind him) and gaining further experience at the BSO.
It's impossible to predict any one's career, but all the signs look promising for Rivas. He not only has obvious and engaging talent, but also the marketing-ready back-story and looks to go far in today's music business.
Here's a taste on video of Rivas in action as a child and a teen, followed by a clip of his father, Alejandro Rivas, who is also a gifted conductor, and a major mentor for his son: