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Dedicated to the belief that a performer find their unique sound, whatever the instrument or medium, American pianist Ryan MacEvoy McCullough has developed a diverse career as soloist and collaborator, comfortable with music ranging from standard repertoire to electroacoustic improvisation. He has appeared as concerto soloist with orchestras including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Sarasota Festival Orchestra, Colburn Conservatory Orchestra, Orange County Wind Symphony, and World Festival Orchestra, working with such conductors as Fabien Gabel, Gisele Ben-Dur, Leonid Grin, Larry Rachleff, Mischa Santora, Joshua Weilerstein and Christoph Eschenbach. He has performed alongside the Mark Morris Dance Group, contemporary ensemble eighth blackbird, and at festivals including the Tanglewood Music Center, Token Creek Chamber Music Festival, Sarasota Festival, Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival, and Nohant International Chopin Festival.
In the 2013-14 season, orchestral engagements included Mr. McCullough’s Toronto Symphony Orchestra debut playing Ravel’s Concerto in G, Schumann’s Piano Concerto with the Eureka Symphony Orchestra, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon’s Candelabra III with the Ithaca College Chamber Orchestra, and Tania Leon’s Kabiosile with the Cornell Symphony Orchestra. Ryan also performed a two-piano concert with Canadian pianist Claudia Chan as part of the Toronto Symphony’s New Creations Festival, curated this season by John Adams, featuring Adams’ Hallelujah Junction and the north American premiere of Hans Thomalla’s Noema. In the 2014-15 season, Ryan will again be featured as soloist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, performing George Benjamin’s Duet for piano and orchestra with George Benjamin conducting, and will co-curate with pianist Xak Bjerken Environs Messiaen, a festival at Cornell University focused on the music of Olivier Messiaen.
Mr. McCullough has worked closely with composers George Benjamin, John Harbison, Helen Grime and Andrew McPherson, and has commissioned or been dedicatee of works by James Primosch, Carter Pann, John Liberatore, Jenny Beck, and Dante De Silva. In 2008, Ryan released a CD of solo piano music by 20th century Polish-French composer Miłosz Magin on the Polish label Acte Prealable, and in January of 2013 was featured on an Innova Records release of composer Andrew McPherson’s Secrets of Antikythera for magnetic resonator piano.
Ryan holds his B.A. from Humboldt State University and M.Mus. from the University of Southern California, as well an Artist Diplomas from the Colburn Conservatory and The Glenn Gould School. He has studied primarily with Deborah Clasquin, David Louie and John Perry, in addition to influential work with Stephen Drury, Leon Fleisher, and Peter Serkin. Ryan is currently DMA candidate in Contemporary Performance Practice at Cornell University where he works with Xak Bjerken.