Recipient of the 2005 Jacopo Peri Award for outstanding contributions to the art of Opera, NFSO conductor Jeffrey Rink was appointed in 2007 as the Mattie Kelly Distinguished Chair in Orchestral Music at Northwest Florida State College and Music Director of the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra.
As guest conductor he led a production of La Boheme with the Maryland Opera Theatre which was praised by the Washington Post as "good as any 'Boheme' you are likely to see this side of the Metropolitan Opera or Covent Garden." In 2001 Mr. Rink made his conducting debuts with The New Japan Philharmonic and the Philharmonic of Tokyo and in 2002 conducted a sold out performance of Chinese and Western music in Carnegie Hall. In 2008 Mr. Rink concluded his eighteen-year tenure as Music Director of the Chorus pro Musica, and ten-year tenure as Music Director of the Newton Symphony Orchestra. While in Boston he was also Director of Orchestral Activities at the Longy School of Music. Mr. Rink's tenure with Chorus pro Musica was marked by numerous significant contributions to opera in concert version, including performances of Carmen, Faust, Samson et Dalila, Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, Turandot, Otello, Macbeth, Nabucco, Attila, La Traviata and Mefistofele. During Mr. Rink's eight year directorship of the New England Philharmonic the orchestra was nationally recognized in three of eight seasons by ASCAP for its adventuresome programming and commitment to new music, having played over twenty premieres.
In March of 2002, he conducted acclaimed performances of The Magic Flute at the New National Theatre, Tokyo; and, since the fall of 2002, he has twice led programs with both the Carlos Chavez Symphony and Chamber Orchestra of the Teatro de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. Significant concerts with Chorus pro Musica included the North American premieres of Berlioz's L'Enfance du Christ and Romeo et Juliette with period instruments. In September of 2006, Mr. Rink conducted the Tokyo Philharmonic in an all-Berlioz program featuring the recently-discovered Messe Solonnelle. He was recently featured as conductor of performances of La Traviata in Mexico's San Pedro Festival and, in March of 2011, led an emotional performance of Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony in Tokyo which was played in response to the earthquake and tsunami. In June of 2006, he led the Boston premiere of Verdi's Attila; and, in the 2003 and 2004 seasons, he served as a cover conductor for the Boston Symphony Orchestra assisting James Levine, James Conlon, Hans Graf, Robert Spano, Rafael Frubeck de Burgos, Sir Colin Davis and Gennady Rozhdestvensky.
In addition to his work with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra Mr. Rink’s recent performances included appearances with the Chamber Orchestra of the Teatro de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Nuevo Leon of Mahler Symphony No. 4 which was described as “miraculously balanced” and a performance of Bach’s Mass in B minor in Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. Other American performances included a concert with the Charleston (SC) Symphony as well as performances with the Teatro Lirico d’Europa’s productions of Rigoletto, Turandot and Aida.
In 2016 he led performances Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben and Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 in Tokyo as well as performances of The Marriage of Figaro at the Amalfi Coast Music & Arts Festival in Italy. This October he returns to the Opera Company of Middlebury (VT) for performances of Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore and in March 2018 to Tokyo for Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis.
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