Ryan Murray, Symphony Orchestra Conductor
Engaged to conduct professionally at the age of only 22 and just months after completing his bachelor’s degree, Ryan’s dynamic conducting, engaging persona and deeply held passion for the arts have allowed him to steadily build a robust career conducting professional orchestras ever since. At the age of 29, Ryan was selected as a winner of the Vienna Philharmonic’s prestigious Ansbacher Fellowship for Young Conductors. He spent the summer of 2014 in residence at the Salzburg Festival alongside the Vienna Philharmonic where he was able to engage with renowned conductors Ricardo Muti, Gustavo Dudamel, Daniele Gatti and Mariss Jansons. Ryan has recently been selected as the new Music Director for Fresno Grand Opera following his highly successful guest conducting debut at FGO for their premiere of A Streetcar Named Desire alongside award-winning Stage Director Brad Dalton in early 2015.
In addition to his recent appointment as Music Director of Fresno Grand Opera, Ryan is the Music Director of Townsend Opera, the Associate Conductor for the Modesto Symphony Orchestra and Music Director for the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra; with whom he made his conducting debut at Carnegie Hall in 2014. Ryan is also Resident Conductor of the Music in the Mountains Summer Festival in Nevada County, California. He previously served as a Staff Conductor for the Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute (BASOTI), and the Opera Academy of California.
Ryan was recently invited to attend the Aurora Chamber Music Festival in Sweden where he had the opportunity to study under Maestro Kurt Masur; he has previously attended the Lucerne Festival Academy’s Conducting Masterclass as well as the Eastman School of Music’s Summer Conducting Institute featuring the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Widely praised for his tireless work ethic, natural poise, and impassioned, inspired performances, Ryan continues to connect deeply with orchestras and audiences alike, and has proven to be an emerging dynamo on the podium.