"... I'm the first of my family to go to college, to graduate from college... I can say without exaggeration that it totally changed my life." -Ryan speaks on the importance of music education
News & Reviews
Ryan has been added to the 2021 Disney & ICM Approved Conductor's List!
Hear Ryan speak on NPR's Insight with Vicki Gonzalez about the return to in-person live music for the upcoming 2021 Music in the Mountains Summer Festival!
Ryan Murray is selected as the new conductor for the Sacramento Youth Symphony's Premier Orchestra!
Music in the Mountains announces Ryan Murray as the new Artistic Director & Conductor!
Opera in Concert: Rigoletto
Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera
Conductor: Michael Christie
Assistant Conductor: Ryan Murray
Director: Michael Mori
Sibelius & Tchaikovsky - Join Ryan as he conducts the Modesto Symphony Orchestra alongside acclaimed violinist Angelo Xiang Yu on April 12 & 13, 2019
Ryan Murray conducts Disney in Concert - Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Come join Ryan and the Modesto Symphony Orchestra on March 8 & 9 at the Gallo Center for the Arts!
Ryan is the newly appointed Director of Orchestras and Opera at California State University, Sacramento (August 2018)
Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute Conference
Ryan will be featured as a panelist for the 2018 Link Up: California Conference. Having performed both original educational programs as well as the Carnegie Hall Link-Up curricula for many years, Ryan is excited to bring his expertise to the discussion of how to effectively educate and engage classical music's young listeners!
The reviews are in for Pacific Opera Project's Don Giovanni!
"Director Shaw has found an excellent new conductor in Ryan Murray... (the orchestra) sounded fresh and lively... the performance was faultless." (www.culturespotla.com)
"Ryan Murray conducts a solid chorus and orchestra ... who are as stellar as anything you will hear two miles west of here at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion." (When Don Giovanni is the "Don")
"For this complex and sophisticated production, the evening’s musical accompaniment was up to par, thanks to award winning musical director/conductor Ryan Murray who led an outstanding group ... (who) managed to produce a strong sound that was full, rich and loaded with detail." (Pacific Opera Project’s “Don Giovanni” Will Seduce You)
OperaWire: Pacific Opera's Don Giovanni makes the 'Top 5' operas to see this week in North America!
Pacific Opera Project
Ryan will be making his debut with the Los Angeles- based company as Music Director/Continuo for their 2018 production of Don Giovanni.
2017 - Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music Conductors Workshop led by Cristian Macelaru
Ryan has been invited to participate in the upcoming Cabrillo Festival Conductors Workshop in Santa Cruz, California.
2017 - Contemporary Music Symposium led by Alan Gilbert
Ryan has been invited to attend the Conductor's Guilds' new music symposium led by Alan Gilbert featuring the New York Philharmonic and composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir.
29 March 2017 - Contemporary Music Conducting Masterclass led by Susanna Mälkki
Ryan is one of just eight conductors invited to participate in a conducting masterclass led by Maestra Mälkki (Principal Guest Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic & Musical America's 2017 Conductor of the Year) and featuring members of the IEMA (International Ensemble Modern Academy) at the Time of Music Summer Academy in Finland. Check back for updates!
2017 - RYAN MURRAY WINS THE AMERICAN PRIZE
Ryan Murray is the winner of the 2016/17 American Prize in Opera Conducting (Professional Division) for his highly lauded production of A Streetcar Named Desire.
8 May 2016 OPERA REVIEW: Stunning ‘Dead Man Walking’ Is A Triumph For Fresno Grand Opera
"In the deeply textured and emotionally soaring world of the production... Heggie’s music came to glorious life with the Fresno Grand Opera orchestra, sometimes heaving like a storm, other times zeroing in on the tenderness of just one soul, under conductor Ryan Murray."
FULL REVIEW: www.fresnobee.com
3 July 2015 CONCERT REVIEW: Mozart Requiem
"... he (Murray) seemed unusually expressive, drawing a full palette of emotion from the players, not simply through the broad, sweeping gestures of his arms and hands, but with his entire body. The passion that emanated from Murray came through in the crisp, expressive playing of the orchestra..."
"...a performance that was in every way authentic and immensely satisfying."
REVIEW: Music in the Mountains - Mozart Requiem
9 June 2015 AURORA CONDUCTING MASTERCLASS & SEMINAR with KURT MASUR
Ryan will be attending the Aurora Conducting Seminar with Maestro Kurt Masur at the Aurora Classic Festival in Trollhättan, Sweden in August of 2015. Featuring daily conducting seminars with Maestros Masur and Gustavsson, attendance to all festival rehearsals and concerts and Q&A sessions with top artists including Gordan Nikolic, leader of the London Symphony Orchestra. Check back for updates!