Kevin Rivard

Principal Horn

Kevin Rivard


Known for his “delicious quality of tone,” Juilliard graduate Kevin Rivard is currently principal horn of San Francisco Ballet Orchestra and co-principal horn of San Francisco Opera Orchestra.

As a soloist and chamber musician, he has performed with New Century Chamber Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Winner of numerous solo competitions, he was awarded the grand prize at Concours International d’Interprétation Musicale in Paris (2008), International Horn Competition of America (2007), and Farkas Horn Competition (2003).

Rivard has served as guest principal horn with Los Angeles Philharmonic, performed with Philadelphia Orchestra and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and he was a featured soloist with Houston Symphony. Previous positions have included Colorado Symphony Orchestra and The Florida Orchestra. Rivard has performed with Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and Verbier Festival. As a horn professor at California State University, East Bay, 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.