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Jeffrey Ryan: Biography

Jeffrey Ryan
1962 -
Region: British Columbia

Jeffrey Ryan

Jeffrey Ryan grew up training his ear with Petula Clark, The Partridge Family and Captain and Tennille, playing saxophone and flute in high school bands, singing in two choirs, and writing his own songs for voice class. Now, as a freelance composer based in Vancouver, Canada, he finds inspiration in the world around him and creates music that runs the gamut from orchestral and chamber works to opera, art song, and choral music.

Praised for his “strong personal voice” (Globe and Mail), “masterful command of instrumental colour” (Georgia Straight) and “superb attention to rhythm” (Audio Ideas Guide), and recipient of SOCAN’s Jan V. Matejcek New Classical Music Award, Ryan writes music that runs the gamut from orchestral and chamber works to opera, art song, and choral music, engaging audiences in concerts and broadcasts worldwide. His commissions include works for the Cleveland Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Victoria Symphony, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Tokyo String Quartet, Arditti Quartet, Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, and Tapestry Opera.

Well represented on disc, recordings of Ryan’s music have garnered multiple JUNO and Western Canadian Music Award nominations. His discography includes the portrait CDs Fugitive Colours (Vancouver Symphony/Gryphon Trio) and the chamber collection Quantum Mechanics, along with many individual works.

Jeffrey Ryan is Composer Advisor for Music Toronto, and was the Vancouver Symphony’s Composer Laureate for 2008/09, after serving as the VSO’s Composer-in-Residence from 2002 to 2007. He holds degrees from Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Toronto, and The Cleveland Institute of Music.



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