The Solti Foundation U.S. announced that it has awarded its first-ever $10,000 Sir Georg Solti Emerging Conductor Award to 28-year-old Ryan McAdams. It also awarded U.S. Career Assistance Awards of $5,000 each to Kazem Abdullah and Robert Trevino. McAdams, currently music director of the New York Youth Symphony, previously served as apprentice conductor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic under the tutelage of Alan Gilbert, during Gilbert’s tenure there as chief conductor. Abdullah is a 2000 graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music who has led performances at the Metropolitan Opera and by orchestras including the Chicago Sinfonietta, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Huntsville Symphony, and Dayton Philharmonic. Trevino, who founded the Chicago-based Millennium Chamber Players in 2006, has led performances by the New York City Opera, Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra (Germany), and New World Symphony. The Emerging Conductor Award is given biennially to an American conductor 35 years of age or younger. The $25,000 Sir Georg Solti Emerging Conductor Award for conductors 38 years of age or younger (also known as the Solti Fellow) is rotated biennially with the Emerging Conductor Award and the U.S. Career Development Award is next scheduled for 2011.

Posted June 9, 2010