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, with commissions, performances and broadcasts by orchestras, ensembles and soloists worldwide.
After a busy 11/12 season that included eight world premieres, his 12/13 season is highlighted by the world premiere of Afghanistan: Requiem for a Generation, with poetry by Suzanne Steele, commissioned by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and One Yellow Rabbit.
Well represented on disc, recordings of Ryan’s music have garnered multiple JUNO and Western Canadian Music Award nominations. His growing discography includes the award-winning portrait CD Fugitive Colours on Naxos Canadian Classics, along with recordings by musica intima, clarinetist Cris Inguanti, pianist Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa, the Thunder Bay Symphony, the Hannaford Street Silver Band, and the Penderecki String Quartet.
Based in Vancouver, Ryan is Composer Adviser for Music Toronto, and 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 holds degrees from Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Toronto and The Cleveland Institute of Music. Evidently, Jeff Ryan is not short on qualifications or experience, highlighting this man’s raw talent and obvious within this field.
Jeff Ryan is a Blue Pie Records USA artist and is published by Blue Pie Publishing USA (ASCAP) for selected titles.