While still a student at The Cleveland Institute of Music, Ryan Murphy had already made his solo debut with both the Cleveland Orchestra followed by an invitation to appear as soloist with the Detroit Symphony. Both performances came as the result of placing second in the Sphinx Competition in 2003. His radio appearances have include the From the Top radio show at the Kennedy Center where he won the audience choice award and two appearances on Classic 99’s Young Heroes in Music in St. Louis.
Mr. Murphy is an avid orchestral player and partook in the Juilliard Centennial Orchestra tour across America in 2006. He has also participated in the Pacific Music Festival, Tanglewood, Kent Blossom, and Round Top Festivals. In addition he is a former member of the Canton Symphony and served as the assistant principal cellist in the World Youth Orchestra for Peace, presenting concerts in Hiroshima and Nagasaki to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of those two cities.
He has participated in master classes with Peter Salaff of the Cleveland Quartet, the Cavani, Miro, and Brentano Quartets as well as master classes and coachings with Janos Starker, Norman Fischer, Curtis Macomber, Margo Garrett, Martin Menking of the Berlin Philharmonic and Desmond Hoebig.
The aspect of cello Mr. Murphy finds to be the most gratifying are all the various cultural experiences it has afforded him over the years. In addition to playing in the World Orchestra for Peace mentioned above, Mr. Murphy was fortunate enough to travel to the African country of Zimbabwe. There he worked with orphan and school children in and around the capital of Zahare teaching music composition and other related musical subjects. He has also done many various outreach concerts across the country in such cities as St. Louis, Seattle, Austin, Cleveland, New York and many other cities.
Mr. Murphy graduated from The Cleveland Institute of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree where he was awarded the Ellis A. Feiman Award given annually to only one graduating cellist. He received a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School. Mr. Murphy performs on a 1998 Peter Staszel cello on permanent loan from the Chicago workshop of William Harris Lee & Co.