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Gary Ryan


Gary Ryan is one of the world’s leading exponents of the guitar and has performed to exceptional critical acclaim at major venues throughout the UK and abroad. He made his London recital debut for the Park Lane Group Young Artists Series at the Purcell Room in 1994 and has since established a highly varied international career as a solo performer, teacher, composer and adjudicator. In 2009 Gary Ryan was appointed Assistant Head of Strings at the Royal College of Music where he has taught as an instrumental and academic professor since 1996.

Gary studied guitar and piano at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating in 1991 with first class honours and many awards including the Julian Bream Prize, the John Mundy String Prize and the Dorothy Grinstead Prize for an outstanding all round student. He was subsequently made an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 1997. He has appeared on the jury for the televised stages of the BBC Young Musician of the Year and is regularly in demand as an adjudicator at festivals and competitions throughout the UK.

Increasingly well known for his innovative guitar compositions, Gary Ryan’s celebrated suite for solo guitar, Scenes from The Wild West (2003), described by Classical Guitar Magazine as “…a stupendous feat of composition…”, is now a best-selling publication and he has also written several groundbreaking works for guitar duo which are regularly performed internationally, including Generator (2005), Dreams Rest and Motion (2006) and Bazaar (2008).

Faculties / departments: Strings


For enquires please contact:

Gary Ryan

Assistant Head of Strings, Guitar professor