About Adrian Gnam
Maestro Adrian Gnam is a multi-talented musician, conductor, oboist, arranger, administrator, speaker, arts consultant, fund-raiser and teacher. He enjoys an international reputation for his superlative musicianship, creating programming, and devotion to teaching. Maestro Gnam is currently Director of the International Conductors Workshop and Competition, Conductor of the Georgia Southern Symphony at Georgia Southern University and is a member of the artist faculty at Mercer University, Georgia College and State University and Wesleyan College. He is also Conductor Emeritus of the Macon Symphony Orchestra which he brought to a continuing high level of artistic success during his twenty-seven year tenure as Music Director and Conductor.
A former principal oboist of the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell and the American Symphony under Leopold Stokowski, Mr. Gnam has studied under some of the major figures in the field: Harold Gomberg, Marcel Tabuteau, John Mack, Pierre Monteux, Max Rudolf and George Szell. Maestro Gnam has guest conducted numerous orchestras including the Louisville, Alabama, Jacksonville, Santa Fe, Youngstown, Florida, Indianapolis, Grand Rapids, Abilene, Amarillo, Beaumont, Garland, Las Colinas, Santa Cruz, Grand Junction, North Dakota and Vermont Symphonies; The Cincinnati, Erie, Eugene, and Oregon Ballet Companies; Missouri Regional Opera Company; Spoleto, Interlochen, Chautauqua, Colorado, Hartwick, Eastern and Texas Music Festivals; and major orchestras in Rumania, Venezuela, Italy, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Yugoslavia, Brazil, Japan and Russia.
Mr. Gnam is a former Director of the Music Program at the National Endowment for the Arts. During his eight-year tenure at the Arts Endowment, he was responsible for developing new categories of support, representing the field of music before the US Congress and fund-raising for joint private/public ventures. He was awarded a special distinguished service award for “Outstanding, Innovative and Precedent-setting contributions to furthering the goals and missions of the Endowment and enhancing the Arts on a national scale.” Mr. Gnam is also the recipient of the National Federation of Music Clubs President’s Award and a Macon Arts Cultural Award. He is a former president of the Conductors Guild and serves on its advisory council. He is a former Music Director of the Midland, Eugene and Tuscaloosa Symphonies. Maestro Gnam was the Principal Guest Conductor of the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia for fifteen seasons, the Florence Chamber Orchestra for four seasons and was Music Director of the Shreveport Summer Music Festival. Maestro Gnam has conducted twice in Kurobe, Japan and has appeared as an oboe soloist, conductor and master class faculty member with the St. Petersburg (Russia) Philharmonic, New World Symphony, Gainesville Symphony, Middletown Symphony, Southern Illinois Symphony, South Arkansas Symphony, Seattle Youth Symphony, Orchestra of Illinois and New York’s Orchestra da Camera. He can be heard on Decca, Columbia, Century Advent, Piper Co., Bravo, Albany, Telarc, Heritage, Epic, Vanguard and Opus One recordings.
Maestro Gnam is deeply committed to the education of young musicians. He was an Associate Professor at Ohio University, was on the Artist Faculty at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and has served as a Distinguished Artist in Residence at Mercer University and as a Visiting Professor at the University of Houston. He has conducted and given oboe master classes at Temple University, the University of Georgia, the University of Michigan, Peabody Conservatory, Georgetown University, the University of Oregon, the University of Delaware, UCLA, the University of Kansas, Oregon State University, Trinity University, Arizona State University and the University of Alabama. He has conducted All-State Orchestras in Alabama, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and New York.
During his distinguished career, Maestro Gnam has shared the stage with such notable soloists as Nadia Salerno-Sonnenberg, Gil Shaham, Zuill Bailey, Chee Yun, Cho Liang Lin, Anne Akiko Meyers, Carter Brey, Roberta Peters, Maureen Forrester, Garrick Ohlsson, John Browning, Helen Huang, Christopher O’Riley, Roberto Diaz and Samuel Ramey and pops artists including the Kingston Trio, Spectrum, Cherish the Ladies, Billy Taylor, Freddie Cole, Chuck Leavell, Otis and Dexter Redding, Glenn Yarbrough, Tony Bennett, and Ray Charles.