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Jeffrey Ryan: Biography

Jeffrey Ryan
1962 -
Region: British Columbia

Jeffrey Ryan

Praised for his “strong personal voice” (Globe and Mail), “masterful command of instrumental colour” (Georgia Straight), and “superb attention to rhythm” (Audio Ideas Guide), Jeffrey Ryan has emerged as one of Canada’s leading composers. His varied catalogue ranges from opera, art song, and choral music to chamber and orchestral works, including commissions for the Cleveland Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Tokyo String Quartet, Arditti Quartet, and Tapestry Opera.

Following a busy 12/13 season highlighted by the world premiere of Afghanistan: Requiem for a Generation (poetry by Suzanne Steele, commissioned by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and One Yellow Rabbit), his 13/14 season includes new works for the Montreal Symphony, the Gryphon Trio, and Kokoro Dance.

Recordings of Ryan’s music have garnered multiple JUNO and Western Canadian Music Award nominations. His portrait CD Fugitive Colours, performed by the Vancouver Symphony with the Gryphon Trio, launched the Naxos Canadian Classics series and won the 2012 Western Canadian Music Award for Classical Recording of the Year. Ryan’s growing discography includes recordings by musica intima, the Canadian Chamber Choir, clarinetist Cris Inguanti, pianist Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa, the Thunder Bay Symphony, and the Penderecki String Quartet.

Based in Vancouver, Ryan was the Vancouver Symphony’s Composer Laureate for the 2008/09 season, after serving as the VSO’s Composer-in-Residence from 2002 to 2007. He was an Affiliate Composer with the Toronto Symphony from 2000 to 2002. He holds degrees from The Cleveland Institute of Music (where he studied with the distinguished composer Donald Erb), Wilfrid Laurier University, and the University of Toronto.


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