Born on Long Island, Ryan got an early start on violin at age four with the North Shore Suzuki School. After progressing through book eight he transferred to the studio of Dr. Linda Sinanian at Stony Brook University, where he studied until college. In addition to lessons in solo repertoire, Ryan played viola with the New York Youth Symphony for their 05-06 and 06-07 seasons and studied chamber music and music theory in Stony Brook University's Pre-College Program. He also benefited greatly from K-12 in the excellent music programs of the Three Village School District.
Ryan completed his freshman year at Bucknell University studying music and Environmental Studies before transfering to the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College. In three years there he studied solo repertoire with Calvin Wiersma, chamber music with Ira Weller, Carmit Zori, and Calvin Wiersma, and Orchestra with Michael Adelson and Hugh Robert Murphy.
Ryan holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Purchase College and a Master of Music degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he studied with Dr. Lina Bahn and Charles Tyler Wetherbee. After focusing primarily on solo performance and entrepreneurship at CU-Boulder, Ryan decided to take on another Master of Music degree focusing on collaborative playing at Colorado State University, from which he plans to graduate soon. He has also done graduate work at Florida International University in Miami with the Amernet Quartet.
I addition to teaching, Ryan is employed as a Section Violinist with the Fort Collins and Cheyenne Symphonies.
Ryan plays on a violin made in 2009 by Edward Maday of Woodmere Bay, Long Island.