Music Director of The Studio Orchestra since 2013, Madison native Mikko Rankin Utevsky is the founding Music Director of the Madison Area Youth Chamber Orchestra, a summer festival ensemble for gifted high school and college musicians, which he has directed since 2011. He is Assistant Conductor of the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, where he performs as associate principal viola, and Artistic Director of the Choral Arts Society of Madison, a local community chorus.
As a guest conductor, he has worked with student ensembles at Madison East High School, Eagle School, and the UW-Madison All-University String Orchestra. During the day, he works as the Music Engagement and Outreach Coordinator at the UW-Madison Mead Witter School of Music.
A graduate of the UW School of Music, he performed in numerous ensembles (including as co-principal viola in the Symphony, Chamber, and Opera orchestras) and in multiple roles with the University Opera. Utevsky also maintains a private teaching studio, is active as a musicologist and a program annotator, and sings with the Madison Symphony Chorus. He has studied conducting with Kenneth Kiesler and James Smith.