Dr. Ryan Scott (he, him) has performed extensively as a marimba and multi-percussion soloist in contemporary music festivals in Europe, Japan, China, Indonesia, South Africa, the UK and The Netherlands. He has also performed as guest soloist in over 25 different percussion concerti with the Esprit Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, The Hyogo Performing Arts Centre Orchestra, The Austin Symphony and numerous other orchestras and chamber ensembles across North America.
Ryan is a stalwart figure in the Toronto contemporary music community and has performed in over 400 world premieres. In addition to his work as a regular guest artist with NEXUS, Principal Percussionist of the Esprit Orchestra and Percussionist in the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra since 1996, he is also a sought-after chamber musician and teacher. A core member of Continuum Contemporary Music (founded 1985), he also serves the organization as Artistic Director. Through his work at Continuum, Ryan received the 2020 and 2021 “Toronto Musician of the Year Award” from the TMA local 149, Toronto Musicians’ Union.
Ryan studied with Russell Hartenberger and Robin Engelman at the University of Toronto (BMus, MMus, DMA) and serves on the faculty at the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. His dissertation on the Art of Marimba in Tokyo can be read here.
Thank you to the Canada Council for the Arts for believing in this project and supporting, in full, the commissioning of 15 new works for solo snare drum by Kati Agócs, Amy Brandon, Brian Current, Jason Doell, Emilie LeBel, Nicole Lizée, Russell Hartenberger, Vincent Ho, Anna Höstman, Michael Oesterle, Monica Pearce, Bekah Simms, Andrew Staniland, Hiroki Tsurumoto and Christina Volpini. Additionally, I am grateful to the Ontario Arts Council for funding the recording phase of this project with Paul Talbott; all coming to fruition in the summer of 2023!
Since 1985, Continuum has supported new ideas in contemporary chamber music through unique and compelling programming. Continuum each year presents a series of diversely themed concerts, often involving interdisciplinary collaborations with a broad range of partners and participants. Drawing from a collective of some of Canada’s most accomplished contemporary music performers and composers, the organization continuously earns international acclaim as a leading contributor of opportunities in the art form, delivered within the highest standards of musicianship. Continuum received the “Friends of Canadian Music Award” in 2022 with mezzo-soprano Marion Newman, from the Canadian League of Composers and The Canadian Music Centre. Visit website.
“At the centre of these performances, Ryan Scott is a chameleon-like virtuoso, who triumphs over the varied colouristic demands and technical challenges.”
“Ryan Scott’s playing is deeply sensitive, as well as virtuosic.”
“Solo percussionist Ryan Scott’s musicality is as impressive as his technique.”
“Virtuoso Toronto percussionist Ryan Scott brings both the ferocity and lyrical sensitivity suggested by Staniland’s score alive in his musically sensitive performance.”
“Ryan Scott, whose virtuosity and adventurous spirit is an inspiration to all Canadian composers writing for percussion.”
“Splendidly performed by Toronto-based virtuoso Ryan Scott. Scott’s mastery of the five-octave concert grand marimba is evident throughout...Glorious stuff.”