Ryan McAdams

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

"...full of imagination and subtlety and emotion...Conductor Ryan McAdams knew how to bring order to this music, and drew great sounds from the orchestra and chorus...the Carmina Burana is a real event."
Haaretz, Israel Philharmonic, 2014

"Dennehy’s exciting, complex score, becoming ever more frantic as the plot develops, is conducted with total authority by Ryan McAdams."
Journal of Music, The Second Violinist, Irish National Opera, 2017

"The first time I heard Ryan McAdams' Scheherazade, I thought it was the best one ever recorded outside the city limits of Philadelphia. The second time I heard it, I thought it was the best one I have ever heard."
Fanfare Magazine, Israel Philharmonic, 2013

"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, Les pêcheurs de perles, Opera di Firenze, 2015


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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