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Canadian-Trini Kwamé Ryan is an Orchestral Conductor in demand internationally.
Symphony orchestras of some of the world’s major cities of music -London, Paris, Brussels, Copenhagen, Seoul- place a high premium on his talent.
Ryan is the son of accomplished Trinidadians, university professor Selwyn Ryan and schoolteacher/actress Joya Gomez.
Born in Toronto, Canada, he spent his early years in Trinidad.
At the age of 14, he was enrolled in boarding school in England, where he studied conducting, piano, voice, violin and double bass.
He went on to study musicology at Gonville and Caius College at Cambridge University.
In 1991, Ryan began his conducting studies with the composer and conductor Peter Eötvös, many of whose works he has premiered.
He held the position of General Music Director of Freiburg Opera between 1999 and 2003, and that of Musical and Artistic Director of the National Orchestra of Bordeaux Aquitaine between 2007 and 2013.
As a guest conductor, he has in Germany conducted the Radio Orchestras of Baden-Baden and Freiburg, Stuttgart, and Bavaria, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Staatsoper Saarbrücken and Staatsoper Stuttgart.
In France, he has worked at the Opera de la Bastille, Opera de Lyon, and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and in the USA, the Symphony Orchestras of Baltimore, Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Houston, New Jersey, the WPO, New York, and the Grant Park Festival, Chicago.
In the U.K., English National Opera, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and Royal Scottish Symphony, and the London Philharmonia. He has been a regular guest of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.
Ryan now conducts worldwide as a freelancer, while dedicating himself to educational and community development work as Director of Trinidad and Tobago's recently founded Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) at the University of Trinidad and Tobago.
Ryan was a 2017 Laureate of the Sabga Award for Excellence in the field of Arts and Letters. (See video)
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