Gary Ryan takes on the role at London’s Royal College of Music, describing it as ‘a tremendous honour’

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The Royal College of Music (RCM) in London has announced the appointment of Gary Ryan as its new head of strings. Ryan has previously served as assistant head of strings, and joined the RCM in 1996 as a guitar and academic professor.

‘It is a tremendous honour to be appointed as the Royal College of Music’s new head of strings,’ said Ryan on his appointment. ’The RCM is a truly extraordinary musical environment which I consider my musical home and I am excited to lead the string faculty forward into a new era, working in partnership with our outstanding students and world-leading professors.’ 

As classical guitarist, Ryan has performed worldwide as a soloist, a chamber musician and masterclass leader. He is also a respected adjudicator and juror, sought out for his expertise in instrumental competitions including the prestigious BBC Young Musician of the Year.

Director, professor Colin Lawson, comments: ‘Gary brings with him a wealth of experience as a performer, composer, teacher and examiner. His appointment follows a wide-ranging and thorough search process and I’m thrilled that the strings faculty will benefit from his excellent leadership.’ 

The Royal College of Music was named the Global No. 1 institution for Performing Arts for the third consecutive year in April 2024. It is also ranked No. 1 for Music in the 2024 QS World University Rankings by subject.

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