Performer / Interprète
Gina Ryan has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Canada, Japan, China, France, Thailand and the United States and has performed in numerous festivals including the Earth Day Arts Model Telematic Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, Thailand International Percussion Festival, the International Sound Symposium, Pop Montreal, Cluster New Music + Integrated Arts Festival, and Stage Epsival in France.
Passionate about new music, Gina actively commissions and premieres works for solo percussion. Her solo work for prepared marimba 'Never-never Island' was recorded and nationally broadcasted by the CBC. The production of her multidisciplinary solo show 'transitions' featuring almost all Canadian works was supported by a grant from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. Gina premiered Trevor Grahl's Concerto for Percussion and Wind Symphony with the McGill Wind Symphony under the direction of Alain Cazes and performed it again at the Winnipeg New Music Festival with the Winnipeg Winds and in San Diego with the UCSD Wind Ensemble. She premiered Éric Champagne's 'Concerto pour percussions et orchestre à vents' with Harmonie Laval.
Gina has written several works for solo and ensemble percussion, many of which can be found on her YouTube channel.
Her love for composing began early with Don Wherry and the harbour symphonies of the Sound Symposium. It was furthered by composition studies in Toronto with Michael Colgrass and in Montreal with Brian Cherney.
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Gina joined the department of music (Faculty of Arts) at the Université du Québec à Montréal in 2021. Prior to her return to Canada, she lived in Chiang Mai Thailand for 10 years, working as the Senior School Music Teacher at Prem Tinsulanonda International School and Honorary Professor of Music at Payap University.
She has been teaching music for over 20 years to people of all ages in a variety of settings: private studio, community centers, universities and schools.
Gina has a series of tutorials on YouTube.