Kwamé Ryan is making his HGO debut. Recent and upcoming engagements have taken him to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Opera, the Hamburg Symphony, the Charlotte Symphony, the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, and the BBC Philharmonic. Work in the U.S and the U.K. has taken him to the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Houston, Boston Lyric Opera, English National Opera, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scottish Symphony, and the London Philharmonia. He has been a regular guest of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and most recently returned to La Monnaie, Brussels for the world premiere of Kris De Foort’s The Time of our Singing, which won the International Opera Award as World Premiere of 2021. Ryan is the previous General Music Director of Freiburg Opera and Musical and Artistic Director of the National Orchestra of Bordeaux Aquitaine. As a guest conductor in Germany, he has conducted the Radio Orchestras of Stuttgart and Bavaria, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Staatsoper Saarbrücken, and Staatsoper Stuttgart; while in France, he has worked at Opera de la Bastille, Opera de Lyon and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. A recipient of international awards for outstanding work in the field of music education, Ryan has served as Musical Director of the National Youth Orchestra of France and as Director of the Academy for the Performing Arts at the University of Trinidad and Tobago.