John Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com alerted us some time ago to Kwamé Ryan's conducting engagement with the Westchester Philharmonic. In The New York Times yesterday, Joshua Worby, Artistic Director of the ensemble, announced that Kwamé Ryan will conduct the Sunday, April 6, 2014 concert:
The New York Times
By PHILLIP LUTZ
Mr. Worby has long been committed to giving minority musicians a platform. But the next season, closing with works by Part, Elgar and Brahms conducted by Danail Rachev, with the cellist Joshua Roman as soloist, will not feature any black or Hispanic conductors or soloists. The current season, in contrast, will close with a black conductor, Kwamé Ryan, on April 6, and a black soloist, the violinist Tai Murray, on June 15.
Speaking by phone from his native Trinidad, Mr. Ryan, who will present a program of Fauré, Berlioz and Schumann, said he formed an organization that promotes opportunities for Trinidadians in classical music.
Kwamé Ryan, conductor
Michelle DeYoung, mezzo-soprano
Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 3 pm
Pre-concert discussion at 2 pm
Twenty years ago we first introduced soprano Michelle DeYoung as a young, little-known star in the making. Two decades, three Grammy Awards, and millions of superlative accolades later, we're delighted to bring her back as she teams up with conductor Kwamé Ryan, making his NY-area debut.
Fauré: Pelléas et Mélisande
Berlioz: Les nuits d’été
Schumann: Symphony No. 4
Kwamé Ryan Biography
Kwamé has worked with such orchestras as City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, SWR Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart and SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden Baden und Freiburg. Past engagements have also included Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Bamberger Symphoniker, Bayerisches Staatsorchester and Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.
Kwamé Ryan's recordings with the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine for Mirare include Schubert's Symphony No. 9, praised by Le Figaro as ''an individual approach to Schubert, clear, transparent, flowing". The orchestra have also recorded Rachmaninov's Symphony No. 2, described by Classic FM Magazine as a ''...modern, sophisticated reading...rich in detail and clarity", and Beethoven's Piano Concertos No. 1 & 2 with Shani Diluka.
As a result of his successful work in Bordeaux, in 2009 Kwamé Ryan was invited to become Musical Director of Orchestre Français des Jeunes. Last season saw Kwamé's final concerts in this role at Salle Pleyel, Paris, subsequent to which he was awarded the title of Officier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres - given for significant contribution to art and literature - by Frédéric Mitterrand, the French Minister of Culture.
Kwamé Ryan held the position of General Music Director of Theater Freiburg and the Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg between 1999 and 2003, having previously been Assistant Conductor of the Staatsoper Stuttgart where he gave the premiere of Gérard Pesson's Pastorale and a criticically acclaimed filmed production of Hartmann's Simplicius Simplicissimus (DVD-Arthaus). His close association with his mentor Peter Eötvös has seen him conduct the first French revival of the composer's Tri Sestri at Opéra de Lyon and the German premiere of Le Balcon. Kwamé Ryan has also conducted Salome for English National Opera, Honneger's Jeanne d'Arc au Bucher for the Edinburgh International Festival and the world premiere of Pintscher's L'espace dernier for Opéra National de Paris (Bastille).