"Ryan McAdams was simply astounding; look out for his name to appear much more often in the future." - Ionarts.com
Ryan McAdams is quickly establishing himself as one of the most exciting and versatile conductors of his generation. Equally prized as a symphonic, operatic, and contemporary music conductor, he made a highly successful subscription European debut in February, 2010 with the orchestra of the Maggio Musicale in Florence, where he has returned three times in the past three years. 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 subscription debut with the Israel Philharmonic, replacing an indisposed Raphael Fruhbeck de Burgos, was hailed as "extraordinary," "masterful," and "immense[ly] dramatic" by the Jerusalem Post; a live recording of the concert was released by the IPO on the Helicon Classics label. He has returned to the Israel Philharmonic twice since, most recently in a run of performances featuring concerti with cellist Alisa Weilerstein and Orff's "Carmina Burana." A Fulbright scholar, he previously served as Apprentice Conductor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, assisting then-Chief Conductor Alan Gilbert. Mr. McAdams is the first-ever recipient of the Sir Georg Solti Emerging Conductor Award.
This season, Ryan leads "Carmen" for the Maggio Musicale in Florence and Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, "Madama Butterfly" for Lyric Opera of Kansas City, "The Second Violinist" for Dutch National Opera, subscription concerts with the Orchestra of San Carlo in Naples, Lirico Sinfonica Petruzzelli di Bari, Orchestra Filarmonica Salernitana
Giuseppe Verdi at the Ravello Festival, Kansas City Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Phoenix Symphony, Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow State Philharmonic, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, a tour of Tuscany with the Orchestra della Toscana, and contemporary music projects with Crash Ensemble, Wordless Music Orchestra, and the Juilliard School. Recent highlights included a tour of Southern Italy with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, a concert performance of "Carmen" with Teatro Regio Torino in the Piazza San Carlo for an audience of 25,000, "Don Giovanni" with New York's Venture Opera, a collaboration with Lincoln Center Jazz and the Phoenix Symphony. McAdams has appeared with the Israel Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony, Santa Fe Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy, Columbus Symphony, Princeton Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, L'Orchestra de Chambre de Geneve, Juilliard Opera Center, Westchester Philharmonic, New York City Opera, Talea Ensemble, New York City Ballet, Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Indianapolis Symphony, CityMusic Cleveland, Tanglewood Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, New Jersey Symphony, Glimmerglass Opera, and the Juilliard FOCUS! Festival.
A contemporary music advocate, Mr. McAdams is the Principal Conductor of Crash Ensemble, Ireland's leading contemporary music ensemble. He was the conductor for Elliott Carter's 103rd Birthday Celebration at the 92Y with Fred Sherry and Nicholas Phan - a concert that was named one of the Best Classical Music Events of 2011 by Anthony Tommasini in the New York Times. Recent contemporary music projects include premiering Jonathan Dawe's new opera "Cracked Orlando" with Anthony Roth Costanzo at the Italian Academy at Columbia University, and leading the world premiere of William Basinski's "The Disintegration Loops" with the Wordless Music Orchestra at the Temple of Dendur in the Metropolitan Museum for the 10th Anniversary of Sept. 11th - a concert broadcast worldwide on National Public Radio. He has premiered over thirty works for the Juilliard Composers Concert series and the New York City Ballet, and served as Assistant Conductor for the American premiere and recording of John Adams' "Doctor Atomic Symphony" with the St. Louis Symphony.
In 2005 and 2006, he attended the Aspen Music Festival as an Academy Conductor, studying with David Zinman. Nominated by both Maestro Zinman and Glimmerglass Opera, he became the first recipient of the Glimmerglass-Aspen Prize for Opera Conducting. 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, assisting Maestro Maazel on a production of Britten's "The Rape of Lucretia." In 2009, at the invitation of James Levine and the Tanglewood Festival, he served as one of Tanglewood's Conducting Fellows. He was invited back to Tanglewood to conduct the BUTI Orchestra in the Summer of 2013. In 2008, he served as the Assistant Conductor of the Aspen Music Festival. McAdams served as Music Director of the New York Youth Symphony from 2007-2012, winning multiple ASCAP awards for innovative programming, and garnering major critical acclaim.
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, where he studied with Karen Shaw. For contact information, please see "Contact."
Ryan McAdams resides in Brighton, UK, with his wife, dancer/performer Laura Careless, and their son Owain.