Ryan McAdams is quickly establishing himself as one of the most exciting and versatile conductors of his generation. He is one of New York’s most in-demand conductors, working regularly with New York City Opera, New York City Ballet, New York’s premiere new music ensembles, and his work as Music Director of the New York Youth Symphony has been hailed by the New York Times as “electrifying” and “essential.” Mr. McAdams’ 2011–2012 season is highlighted by appearances with the Louisville Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, CityMusic Cleveland, the Wordless Music Orchestra, New York City Ballet, Princeton Symphony, Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, the New York Youth Symphony at Carnegie Hall, and his return to the Maggio Musicale in Florence.
Mr. McAdams made a highly successful subscription European debut in February, 2010 with the orchestra of the Maggio Musicale in Florence, and was immediately re-invited for subscription concerts in 2012. He made his Eastern European debut with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Julian Rachlin, and Mischa Maisky in Dubrovnik in September, 2010. His first commercial recording, a live performance of John Zorn’s Violin Concerto “Contes de Fees,” was released in 2010 on the composer’s label.
Other recent performances include appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Princeton Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Tanglewood Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, the Wordless Music Series, New Jersey Symphony, Glimmerglass Opera, and the Juilliard FOCUS! Festival. In 2007, he was invited by Lorin Maazel to create the post of Apprentice Conductor for the Chateauville Foundation at the Maazel Estate in Virginia.
In 2009, at the invitation of James Levine and the Tanglewood Festival, he served as one of Tanglewood’s Conducting Fellows. Highlights included a performance of Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments with Peter Serkin, and assisting Maestro Levine on a performance of Act III of Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.” In 2008, he served as the Assistant Conductor of the Aspen Music Festival.
A gifted speaker and educator, he has been asked to give pre-concert lectures and interviews about music and performance by New York City Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, the New York Youth Symphony, the Juilliard School, and the Aspen Music Festival. Mr. McAdams was the first Master’s degree candidate accepted into Juilliard by James DePreist, and is a recipient of the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship. He received his M.M. in Orchestral Conducting from the Juilliard School in 2006, and a B.M. in Piano Performance from Indiana University in 2004.
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