Brisbane-born horn player Ryan Humphrey completed his Bachelor of Music in Performance at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University under the tutelage of Ysolt Clark, Peter Luff and Malcom Stewart. During his studies, Ryan achieved membership to the prestigious Griffith Honours College and placed second in the Beta Sigma Phi Brass Prize (2018). Upon completion of his degree, he received the QHORNS Excellence Award (2019) for demonstrating musical excellence and commitment to the QCGU community. In 2019, Ryan travelled to the International Horn Symposium in Ghent, Belgium where he won the Frizelle Orchestral Audition Competition for High Horn.
A passionate and experienced orchestral musician, Ryan has performed regularly with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra as a casual on both tutti and 3rd horn since 2017. He is actively involved in the Brisbane freelance scene, including collaborations with Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Q and Queensland Pops Orchestra. Ryan has also been a member of esteemed youth orchestras such as the Australian Youth Orchestra, Queensland Youth Symphony and the QCGU Symphony Orchestra.
Performance highlights include playing Principal Horn for Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks and The Ring Without Words with the QCGU Symphony Orchestra; Principal Horn for Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony with Ensemble Q, and Mahler’s Third Symphony and Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony with the QSO.
Outside of his vibrant performance career, Ryan is an experienced horn tutor, having taught at prestigious Brisbane schools Villanova College since 2017 and Loreto College since 2019. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys playing football and practising his rusty German.
Ryan looks forward to commencing his training with Carla Blackwood at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in 2022.
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