Trumpeter Ryan Darke enjoys a diverse career as a performer and educator. Ryan is currently pursuing a Professional Studies Certificate at The Colburn School, where he is a student of James Wilt of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He completed his Masters in Music Performance from Rice University in 2010 and completed his Bachelors Degree at the University of California State Long Beach in 2008. Ryan is currently a contracted member of the American Youth Symphony and Young Musicians Foundation’s Debut Orchestra, in Los Angeles. He has also been able to substitute frequently with the Los Angeles Philharmonic since his return to Los Angeles this year.
Ryan has participated in Schleswig-Holestein Musik Festival, under the artistic direction of Christoph Eschenbach for the 2010 and 2011 seasons. He was featured playing principal trumpet on Mahler’s Fifth Symphony during the tours of Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, and Hungry under maestro Eschenbach, and recently completed a tour of Spain and Turkey performing Mahler’s Second Symphony and Brahms first symphony among other works. Other summer engagements have included Castleton Festival Orchestra under Lorin Maazel, consecutive summer’s at National Orchestra Institute, The Aspen Music Festival, Bar Harbor Brass Institute, and seminars at Domaine Forget.
In addition to performing Ryan is an active teacher and mentor of young musicians. Ryan maintains a private studio in addition to volunteering as a teacher and mentor for students of the Youth Orchestras of Los Angeles (YOLA). Starting in the fall of 2012, Ryan has been selected as a Young Artist Mentor for the Young Musicians Foundation (YMF), where he will lead group classes in general musicianship and trumpet performance. Ryan has recently been published in the International Trumpet Guild, with an article titled “The American Brass Quintet on Musical and Professional Accountability” which was published in January 2010.
Ryan has played many outreach concerts in the community and strives to share his genuine love for music with his community. One way Ryan gets to interact with the public is through his performance with the modern music collective, WildUp. A truly fresh addition to the Los Angeles music scene and an ensemble which Ryan enjoys performing with very much.