Roderick Phipps-Kettlewell spent the first half of his life in England and, after an extensive education and musical training in England, France and at the Juilliard School, he has enjoyed a successful career based in the United States, in a wide variety of professional musical activities.
He has performed and recorded as a piano soloist, as an accompanist and chamber musician (including with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra), throughout America and in Europe, including at Carnegie’s Weill Hall. The reviewer of one such concert wrote:
“[his] contribution was of stunningly beautiful substance, his playing a continuum of every nuance, and replete with the variegated textures and colors that swim and sparkle in this repertoire… I’ve rarely heard the Steinway at Weill sound so good as he was able to coax it.”
In addition, he has conducted extensively in the choral, opera and orchestral genres. Roderick has also worked in straight theater, musical theater and different popular musical styles.
As a passionate and experienced teacher, his focus now is to develop innovative ways to nurture creativity and expression, supported by excellence in technique and musical knowledge. As a lecturer, his interests include the intellectual enquiry into cultural history, with a particular interest in the relationship between the creative output of an artist and their life’s experience, in the context of their time and place.
He has taught at Queen’s College, Macalester College and the University of St. Thomas and lectured in many venues, including at the Concord School of Philosophy in Concord, Mass., on many musical and cultural subjects.
Roderick founded his company Amadé Music after independently producing a successful series of recordings for several record companies. His recordings have sold over a million copies! He can now produce his own recordings and expand his commercial offerings in the musical services sector, including customized live events, music seminars and other education services and an expanding line of music related products.
He is currently based in Stillwater, Minnesota with his wife Marilène, an award winning Haitian-born oil painter, poet and short-story writer.