Ryan Murray, Symphony Orchestra Conductor
Ryan Murray is the Associate Conductor of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra. Since his appointment in 2013, Ryan has consistently worked to improve the quality, skill and prominence of the youth orchestra, and now leads an ensemble that features over 100 students from the greater Modesto area.
As the newly appointed Music Director of Fresno Grand Opera, Ryan has already garnered national recognition for his work with the company. He also currently holds the positions of Music Director of Townsend Opera and 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.
A 2016 semi-finalist for the American Prize: Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music; Ryan’s performance of Dead Man Walking with Fresno Grand Opera was selected from professional performances of American music from around the world. In 2014, Ryan was 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 attended masterclasses and seminars around the world, including the Aurora Chamber Festival in Sweden, where he studied under Maestro Kurt Masur, as well as the Lucerne Festival Academy’s Conducting Masterclass in Switzerland. In 2015, Ryan attended 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.