Foundation’s first-ever $10,000 Sir Georg Solti Emerging Conductor Award
presented to Ryan McAdams
2010 Career Assistance Awards given to Kazem Abdullah and Robert Trevino
Evanston, Illinois – The Solti Foundation U.S., established in 2000 by Lady Valerie Solti, widow of the late legendary conductor Sir Georg Solti, and their two daughters, Gabrielle and Claudia, honors the memory of the internationally celebrated conductor and his dedication to helping young artists. The Foundation seeks to encourage and lend significant support to talented young American conductors, providing critical assistance to them at the start of their professional careers.
In continuing to fulfill its mission, The Solti Foundation U.S. is pleased to announce that it has awarded its first-ever Sir Georg Solti Emerging Conductor Award to 28 year-old Ryan McAdams.The $10,000 one-year grant will be used for career training and activities that will further develop and enhance his talent and experience in the conducting arena.
Ryan McAdams is the 15th Music Director of the New York Youth Symphony (NYYS), a Fulbright scholar and former Apprentice Conductor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic under the tutelage of then-Chief Conductor (now Music Director of the New York Philharmonic) Alan Gilbert. 2009-2010 season engagement highlights included his opera debut with the New York City Opera, and appearances with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Princeton Symphony and the Tanglewood Music Festival, in addition to performances with the NYYS. Recent guest engagements include appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and at the Aspen Music Festival. Mr. McAdams served as a Conducting Fellow at the 2009 Tanglewood Music Festival. Highlights included a performance of Stravinsky's Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments with Peter Serkin, assisting Maestro Levine on a performance of Act III of Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and a performance of John Zorn's violin concerto Contes de Fees. Upcoming engagements in the next two seasons include concerts and operas with New York City Opera, Maggio Musicale in Florence, Italy, and the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale RAI. (Full biography attached.)
The Foundation has also awarded two 2010 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Awards, to Kazem Abdullah and Robert Trevino.The annual award, which varies in amount and number given, are one year grants presented at the discretion of the Artistic and Awards Committee.
Recipient of a $5,000 Career Assistance Award, 30 year-old Kazem Abdullah has conducted such orchestras as the Mexico City Philharmonic, Oregon Symphony,Indianapolis Symphony,the National Arts Center Orchestra of Ottawa, Berliner Kammerphilharmonie, Finnish Radio Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, to name a few. Highlights of Mr. Abdullah’s 2009-2010 performances included sold-out performances of Joplin’s Treemonisha at the Theatre du Chatelet de Paris, conducting the internationally renowned Orquestra de Sao Paul during its third U.S. coast-to-coast tour, and debuts with the Chicago Sinfonietta, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Huntsville Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic and the Staatskapelle Weimar. Mr. Abdullah made his Metropolitan Opera debut conducting Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice during the 2008-09 season. Upcoming engagements this coming 2010-2011 season include the Napa Valley Symphony, Elgin Symphony Orchestra and the Atlanta Opera, where he will conduct Cosi fan tutte. (Full biography attached.)
Recipient of a $3,500 Career Assistance Award, 26 year-old Robert Trevino has conducted orchestras and ensembles across North America, Europe and Asia.His conducting credits include the New York City Opera Orchestra & Chorus, New World Symphony, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra, Suwon Philharmonic (South Korea), Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra (Germany), the Ohio Light Opera and the Montpellier National Orchestra (France). He served as Associate Conductor for the New York City Opera’s new 2009 production of Don Giovanni. Recently named Laureate of the 2010 Evgene Svetlanov International Conducting Competition, Mr. Trevino’s upcoming season engagements include conducting the Chicago Philharmonic, serving as an Associate Conductor at New York City Opera, and serving as guest conductor for the spring 2011 VOX Contemporary American Opera Workshop. (Full biography attached.)
In announcing the grants, Tom McNeill, Solti Foundation U.S. Board Chair, and Elizabeth Buccheri, Chair of the Artistic and Awards Committee, stated “On behalf of The Solti Foundation U.S, we congratulate Ryan McAdams, Kazem Abdullah and Robert Trevino. All of this year’s awardees exhibit qualities that should be supported and encouraged. We wish them all continued success in their professional careers.” Since The Solti Foundation U.S. began giving grants to young American conductors, it has awarded over $127,000, including two $25,000 Solti Fellow grants. (In 2004, the Foundation, which began with a more general mission, established its current focus of helping exceptional young U.S. conductors.) The Foundation endeavors to seek out those musicians who have chosen to follow a path similar to that followed by Sir Georg himself.In keeping with the spirit of Sir Georg’s active approach to his career, young conductors must apply to be considered for the awards.Applications for the grants are available to be downloaded through the Foundation’s website at www.soltifoundation.us. Citizens or permanent residents of the United States who are career-ready artists in the field of conducting are eligible to apply.
The Foundation currently awards the following grants:
The Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award, also known asthe Solti Fellow.Among the largest grants currently given to American conductors in the formative years of their careers, the $25,000 award is given biennially to a single promising American conductor 38 years of age or younger, and includes introductions to three of Chicago’s most prestigious performing organizations: Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Opera Theater.The award is dispersed over a 24-month period and may be used for career training and activities that will further develop and enhance the recipient’s talent and experience. The Solti Fellow was instituted in 2007 to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the passing of Sir Georg. The first recipient was Anthony Barrese, now music director of New Mexico’s Opera Southwest. In 2009, Erik Neilsen, Kapellmeister at the Frankfurt Opera, became the second recipient. The Solti Fellow will next be awarded in 2011.
The Sir Georg Solti Emerging Conductor Award. The $10,000 award will be given biennially to an American conductor 35 years of age or younger. Ryan McAdams is the first recipient of this award.
The Solti Foundation U.S. Career Development Award, a one-year $5,000 grant given to an American conductor 32 years of age of younger. The $5,000 grant, given every two years, has been awarded in 2008 to Joseph F. Young, and in 2009 to Yaniv Attar.
The Sir Georg Solti Emerging Conductor Award and The Solti Foundation U.S. Career Development Award are rotated biennially with the Solti Fellow Award.
The Solti U.S. Career Assistance Awards, which vary in amount and number granted, were introduced in 2009. The annual Career Assistance Awards are one year grants given to applicants for the above awards at the discretion of the Artistic and Awards Committee. Former recipients of the award include James Feddeck, Assistant Conductor, Cleveland Orchestra; Kelly Kuo, Assistant Conductor, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Case Scaglione, Music Director, YMF Debut Orchestra (Los Angeles, CA), and Christopher Hill, Music Director of the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra (NH).
Applicants for all Solti Foundation U.S. awards must be able to demonstrate that he/she is developing a career as a symphonic/operatic conductor.Applicants for the 2011 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award (to be next awarded in fall 2011; application deadline is January 15, 2011) must be no more than 38 years of age by May 15th of the year the grant will be awarded.All applicants for the above award categories are considered for a Solti U.S. Career Assistance Award (given annually). Applications are reviewed by an awards committee comprised of a panel of professionals with broad musical and conducting experience.The Foundation reserves the right to with-hold a grant in any given year if the Awards Committee does not agree upon a suitable applicant.
Further details about The Solti Foundation U.S., grant applications, biographies and photos of the Foundation’s past awardees and information about contributing to the Foundation can be found at www.soltifoundation.us.