Sunday 15 October Coffee from 11.00 Concert 12.00 | £12
Sunday Coffee Concert with Gary Ryan
‘ jewel like precision’ Daily Telegraph
‘sheer prowess’ Observer
'Gary Ryan left his audience spell-bound by his versatility and the astonishing range of sounds he produced from his instrument.' The Gulf Times
Gary Ryan is one of the world’s leading exponents of the guitar and has performed to international critical acclaim for over twenty years, winning praise for his formidable technique, outstanding musicianship and entertainingly diverse programmes.
In 2013 he became the first guitarist since John Williams in 1983 to be awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Music in recognition of his contribution to the instrument, and only the fourth guitarist ever to receive this honour - other recipients being Andrés Segovia and Julian Bream.
Ryan made his London recital debut for the Park Lane Group Young Artists Series at the Purcell Room in 1994 (declared a highlight of the series by the Telegraph, Independent, Observer, Times and Sunday Times) and was subsequently invited to perform a series of recitals for the Kirckman Concert Society at London’s South Bank Centre.
In 1996, at the age of twenty-seven, Ryan was then appointed a Professor of Guitar at the Royal College of Music in London, rising to become Assistant Head of Strings in 2009. Widely respected as an adjudicator and juror, Gary has been invited onto the jury for many instrumental competitions and festivals throughout Europe, including for the BBC Young Musician of the Year. He is also a grade and diploma examiner for the ABRSM.
His celebrated guitar compositions (regularly broadcast on Classic FM) have broadened the instrument’s appeal by combining traditional classical guitar technique with more contemporary guitar styles and a rich variety of musical influences from around the world. His solo work, Benga Beat, was premièred to great acclaim in 2011 and can be seen on YouTube in HD, alongside other performances of his own compositions and works by Dowland, Bach, and Piazzolla.