is how the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reviewed pianist Steven
Ryan. Classical New Jersey notes that
Mr. Ryan has " exceptional tone and ongoing sense of line,"
and The Dallas Morning News says "...(Steven Ryan is)...a
subtle musician with a sense of fun."
In 2001 Steven Ryan took first place in the Concours des Grand Amateurs de Piano international competition, after which he was immediately engaged to return to the Sorbonne in Paris to perform Tchaikovsky's Concerto in B-Flat Minor, which was filmed by the national television station France 2. It was broadcast throughout France in June 2002. Also in June 2002, Mr. Ryan returned to Paris to accompany the world recital debut of young American violinist, Sandra Wolf-Meei Cameron, at the Festival St. Denis.
As well as winning the French competition, Mr. Ryan took second prize in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs held in 2000.
Mr. Ryan's recent engagements in the United States have included and all-Mozart solo recital in Princeton, New Jersey, as part of the Princeton Symphony’s chamber music series, a performance of Schubert’s Trout Quintet with the Riverside Symphonia’s chamber music series, in Boulder, Colorado, as part of the Prominent Pianist Series, and at La Maison Française in Washington, D.C. Of this concert the Washington Post wrote that Mr. Ryan performed with "poetic sensitivity". In addition, Mr. Ryan has recently performed Mozart's Piano Concerto in D Minor, K. 466, with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, where critics hailed Mr. Ryan as "simply magnificent" performing with "masterful clarity".
Mr. Ryan has performed as an orchestral keyboardist with most of the major orchestras in New York City, including members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He has played celesta with the legendary Berlin Philharmonic at Carnegie hall under the baton of Bernhard Haitink, continuo and piano with The Dessoff Choirs and has frequently performed on the synthesizer with the Moody Blues rock band. In addition, he regularly performs with the Northeast Pennsylvania Philharmonic, the American Symphony, the Riverside Symphony, Riverside Symphonia, The Long Island Philharmonic and the New Jersey Philharmonic.
Mr. Ryan earned his Bachelors of Music from the University of Minnesota. While in Minneapolis, he had the honor of assisting Neville Marriner as a rehearsal pianist, often working one-on-one with him and his guest soloists. He also appeared with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Charles Dutoit. Mr. Ryan placed second in the Minnesota Orchestra's WAMSO competition with a jury that consisted of Pinkas Zukerman and Sir Neville Marriner.
As a vocal accompanist Mr. Ryan has performed with such noted singers as Lucy Shelton, Irene Gubrud, Paul Sperry. He has been an avid vocal accompanist and voice coach throughout his career. He has been privileged to work with eminent artists such as Frederica Von Stade, Catherine Malfitano, Carmen Pelton, Milagro Vargas and the Wagnerian soprano Linda Kelm.
In addition to the
Tchaikovsky and Mozart concertos, Mr. Ryan has performed Beethoven's Concerto
No. 1, Strawinsky's Concerto for Piano and Winds, Edward MacDowell Concerto No.
2 and Prokofiev's Concerto No. 3.
Mr. Ryan has studied with such noted teachers as Seymour Bernstein, Germaine Deveze, Richard Shirk, Arlene Shrut, John Perry and Edith Oppens.