Ryan Drucker

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2018

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Piano

Location: Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Website: www.ryandrucker.co.uk

Since performing at the Wigmore Hall at the age of sixteen, Ryan has played in a number of distinguished venues throughout the UK and abroad in Canada, France, Germany, Spain and Switzerland. Ryan is currently pursuing postgraduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Ronan O’Hora and Martin Roscoe.
Awarded the Alfred Clay Scholarship for achieving the highest mark in an undergraduate final recital, Ryan graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with a first-class BMus (Hons). In addition, he won the RNCM Piano Recital Prize as well as the RNCM Concerto Competition, subsequently playing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1, Op.23 with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra in the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. Ryan was awarded first prize in the Mark Ray Memorial Prize, the Chopin Prize, the Shirley Catterall Award and the Marjorie Clementi Memorial Award. Outside of the RNCM, Ryan was awarded second prize in the 2012 Moray Piano Competition held in Scotland. He was also a recipient of the Yehudi Menuhin English Speaking Union Scholarship and as a result was able to attend the prestigious Piano Masterclass International Series at Banff Arts Centre in Canada during the Summer of 2014.

His previous teachers include Helen Krizos and Seta Tanyel. He has also performed in masterclasses for renowned pianists including Abdel Rahman El Bacha, Andrei Gavrilov, Bernard d’Ascoli, Eugen Indjic, John Perry, Kathryn Stott, Michel Beroff, Nelson Goerner, Noriko Ogawa, Pascal Rogé, Paul Badura-Skoda and Philippe Cassard.

Ryan is also an avid chamber musician and has collaborated with Alice Neary, Philip Higham and Rohan de Saram. Ryan was awarded first prize in the piano section of the Elsie Thurston singing competition and the Sir John Barbirolli cello competition. In addition, he and his piano duo partner Victor Lim won the RNCM Piano Duo prize. He has received coaching from Hugh Maguire, Julius Drake, Kenneth Sillito and Ralph Kirshbaum, and from members of the Allegri, Castallian, Elias, Skampa and Talich string quartets.

Ryan is extremely grateful to the Noswad Charity and the Fergal O’Mahony Foundation for supporting his studies.