Ryan McAdams

Music Director, New York Youth Symphony
2010 Sir Georg Solti Emerging Conductor Award Winner

...by far the most enjoyable and thought-provoking Don Giovanni New York has heard in many a year...McAdams’ work with the orchestra was seamless and disciplined..
Opera News

I marveled at the quality and color McAdams and his orchestra achieved...a supernova Music Director...Maestro McAdams conducted a spectacular finale, his orchestra truly formidable. He never let up for an instant and sounded as deliberate and powerful in the end as he had in the Overture, easily three hours earlier.
Huffington Post

Dennehy’s exciting, complex score, becoming ever more frantic as the plot develops, is conducted with total authority by Ryan McAdams.
Journal of Music

A brilliantly executed program...The 34-year-old Juilliard-trained conductor more than met the challenge: Under his ministrations, the orchestra forged an emotionally rich performance [of Brahms' First Symphony] that remained vibrant and compelling, from the sorrowful opening melodic line that is undergirded by the timpani’s incessant pulsation to the joyous orchestral coda, 45 minutes later.  In between, McAdams mined the richness of Brahms’ rhetoric, sculpting wonderfully expressive lines and proving a wordless symphony can indeed tell a story.
Journal of Music

The real revelation of the evening is the young conductor Ryan McAdams. Elastic, confident gestures created a cohesive sound and clarity from the orchestra of the Maggio Musicale: his smooth direction had an introspective dimension, but always ensured the right dramatic moments.  We will surely hear him again in other operas.
Corriere della sera


Ryan McAdams is quickly establishing himself as one of the most exciting and versatile conductors of his generation. He made a highly successful subscription European debut with the orchestra of the Maggio Musicale in Florence, where he has since returned regularly. His Eastern European debut was made with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Julian Rachlin, and Mischa Maisky. His subscription debut with the Israel Philharmonic was hailed as "extraordinary," "masterful," and "immense[ly] dramatic" by the Jerusalem Post; a live recording of the concert was released by the IPO . . .

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