Gary Ryan is one of the world's leading classical guitarists. He made his London recital debut at the Purcell Room for the Park Lane Group in 1994 to exceptional critical acclaim and was subsequently invited to perform a series of recitals in London for the Kirckman Concert Society, winning universal praise for his formidable technique, outstanding musicianship and original concert programmes.
In addition to a busy schedule giving recitals, concertos and masterclasses at music societies and festivals throughout the UK, Gary Ryan has a fast growing international reputation with performances in the USA, Malaysia, Qatar, Holland, France, Greece, Cyprus, Sweden, Romania and Hungary over the past few years. He is the Creative Director of Guitar France, at which, in 2006, participants from the UK, Ireland, France and Italy were tutored in the art of guitar performance and also appeared on French television.
Gary Ryan was born in Kent, England in 1969. He studied with David Miller at the Guildhall School of Music Junior Department and later with Timothy Walker at the Royal Academy of Music, where in 1987 he won a scholarship to study full-time. In 1991 he graduated with first class honours and a host of awards including the Julian Bream Prize, the John Mundy String Prize and the Dorothy Grinstead Prize for the most outstanding all round student. He also received awards from the Fleming Trust and the Royal Academy of Music to pursue his post-graduate studies and in 1997 was made an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, in recognition of his achievements.
At the age of 27 he was appointed one of the youngest ever Professors at the Royal College of Music and has gained a reputation as one of Britain's most respected guitar teachers. He currently helps run a popular guitar programme at the Royal College of Music, where he also takes improvisation, aural and keyboard musicianship classes. He is also widely sought after as an examiner and adjudicator. Gary Ryan was Course Leader at the Bath International Guitar Festival for several years and is now in much demand as a performer and tutor at Guitar Festivals throughout the world.
Other memorable engagements have included performing Sir Michael Tippett's The Blue Guitar at the composer's funeral in 1998, performing with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and recording for film and television including sessions for Sony and EMI. He also performs with the British Guitar Quartet, Tetra.
Gary Ryan has recorded three very popular CDs, The Magic of the Guitar (1996), Latin Temperament (2000) and Worlds Apart (2003). He has also received great international acclaim for his highly innovative compositions for the guitar, which draw on the rich tradition of the instrument combining it with popular contemporary influences and extended instrumental techniques. His latest CD, Worlds Apart, includes his own highly acclaimed work for guitar, Scenes from The Wild West. Subsequent commissions have resulted in several other ground breaking works for solo guitar and ensemble which have been performed in the USA, Mexico, Germany, Holland, Italy and Turkey.
Gary Ryan's guitars are made by the English luthier, Stephen Hill.