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Gary Ryan has performed to exceptional critical acclaim internationally. He made his London recital debut for the Park Lane Group Young Artists Series at the Purcell Room in 1994 and has since pursued a highly varied career as a performer, composer and teacher.
Gary studied at the Guildhall School of Music Junior Department, later winning a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in 1987. In 1991 he graduated with first class honours and many awards, including the Julian Bream Prize and the John Mundy String Prize and was subsequently made an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 1997.
He is currently Assistant Head of Strings at the Royal College of Music and also examines for the ABRSM.
Gary Ryan is increasingly well known for his guitar compositions which combine classical techniques with a rich variety of musical influences and contemporary guitar styles, as in his solo piece Benga Beat which was premiered to great acclaim in 2011.
In May 2013 he became the first guitarist since John Williams in 1983 to be made a Fellow of the Royal College of Music and was presented with the award by HRH The Prince of Wales.

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