Ryan McCullough


Ryan McCullough


Pianist Ryan MacEvoy McCullough has developed a diverse career as a soloist and collaborator, comfortable with music ranging from standard repertoire to electro-acoustic improvisation. He has appeared as concerto soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic, and has performed alongside the Mark Morris Dance Group and contemporary ensemble eighth blackbird.

Ryan has performed at such festivals as the Tanglewood Music Center, Token Creek Chamber Music Festival, Sarasota Festival, Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival, and Nohant International Chopin Festival; in March 2015 he co-directed Environs Messiaen, a festival at Cornell University celebrating the naturalist aesthetic of French composer Olivier Messiaen.

Interested in new music from an early age, Ryan 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 2013 was featured on an Innova Records release of composer Andrew McPherson’s Secrets of Antikythera for magnetic resonator piano.

Ryan holds his BA 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 a DMA candidate in Contemporary Performance Practice at Cornell University, where he works with Xak Bjerken.