Ryan McAdams, ’04, piano performance, made his subscription debut in May 2011 with the Israel Philharmonic, replacing an indisposed Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, conducting Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade and Rodrigo’s Concerto de Aranjuez with guitar soloist Angel Romero.
McAdams also recently served as the conductor for Elliott Carter’s 103rd Birthday Concert at the 92Y with Fred Sherry, Nicholas Phan, and others, premiering Carter’s song cycle A Sunbeam’s Architecture. The concert was named as one of the Best Classical Music Events of 2011 by Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times.
Other recent debuts include appearances with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields with Mischa Maisky and Julian Rachlin, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, CityMusic Cleveland, and New York City Ballet. His 9-11 Memorial Concert with the Wordless Music Orchestra in the Temple of Dendur at the MET Museum was broadcast nationwide on NPR.
This summer, he will make his third appearance of the year with the Indianapolis Symphony, in a subscription concert in Connor Prairie, and will return to the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino for subscription concerts in the fall.
His first album, a live performance of John Zorn’s violin concerto Contes de Fees was released on the composer’s label in 2010.
This is his final season as music director of the New York Youth Symphony.