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Cello Chat with Host Dr. Benjamin Whitcomb and guest Patricia Ryan

About the Episode 

Patricia Ryan is a Twin Cities based chamber musician that has toured the nation with some of the worlds most influential musicians. Currently she is the newest member of the Delphia Cello Quartet and some of her cello quartet arrangements are featured with the ensemble. Delphia was selected to be a part of MPR's Class Notes in 2022-2023 year.

Meet the Guest

 Since 2017, Ms. Ryan is the cellist of the Artaria String Quartet based in   St. Paul, Minnesota. As a member, she is on the faculty of the Artaria   Chamber Music School, Stringwood Chamber Music Festival and assists at the   Saint Paul String Quartet Competition.    A multifaceted musician, Ms. Ryan is actively involved in a wide range of   groups, including the conductorless string ensemble KINETIC, contemporary   music ensemble 10th Wave Chamber Music Collective, and the genre-bending   ensemble, Delphia Cello Quartet.    A passionate teacher, Ms. Ryan on faculty at Walker|West Music Academy,   serving the Twin Cities area. She currently has openings in her studio and   offers 30 minute, 45 minute, and 1 hour lessons.    Patricia is a three-time alumna of the Tanglewood Music Center where she   worked closely with the Boston Symphony Orchestra members and visiting   conductors including Andris Nelsons, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Stéphane   Denève, Charles Dutoit, Christoph von Dohnányi and John Williams and shared   the stage with Gil Shaham and Anne-Sophie Mutter.    Ms. Ryan has also been a three-time orchestral participant in the Spoleto   USA Festival Orchestra and a chamber fellow at the Norfolk Chamber Music   Festival where she worked with members of the Artis String Quartet, Alexander   String Quartet, Emerson String Quartet, and Brentano String Quartet, as well   as resident Yale School of Music faculty. She has also participated in the   Chamber Music Program at Domaine Forget and Strings Music Festival in   Steamboat Springs, Colorado as the member of the Young Artist in Residence   string quartet with her previous group, The Kamila Quartet.    Ms. Ryan has completed a second Masters of Music at Rice University   Shepherd School of Music on full tuition scholarship under the tutelage of   Norman Fischer, an Artist Certificate in Chamber Music Performance and a   Masters of Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Jean-Michel   Fonteneau, and a Bachelors of Music at the University of Southern California   Thornton School of Music with Tchaikovsky Competition laureate Nathaniel   Rosen and Alexander Sulieman on full scholarship.    Ms. Ryan participated and received top prizes in the Plowman, Coleman, and   Fischoff Chamber Music Competitions as the cellist in Trio 507 during her   first masters studies and participated in the 2017 Robert Mann String Quartet   Seminar as a founding member of The Kamila Quartet during her second masters   studies. She has also performed internationally in Portugal and China as part   of the Viana de Castello International Music Festival and the San   Francisco-Shanghai International Chamber Music Festival.    She has participated in master classes with Alisa Weilerstein, Steven   Isserlis, Menahem Pressler, Kim Kashkashian, Bonnie Hampton, Guarneri String   Quartet and Takács Quartet and has shared the stage with pop rock legends   Jeff Beck and Tom Jones in a Grammy Foundation celebration of Sir George   Martin.    Additionally, Patricia is a current Assistant Librarian for the Minnesota   Orchestra and was the Librarian for the San Francisco Symphony Youth   Orchestra from 2012-2015.    She is currently performing on a 1977 Gio Batta Morassi cello and a 1988   Roger Zabinski bow previously owned by Robert Jamieson of the Minnesota   Orchestra.

Patricia Ryan, an avid chamber musician, has performed with some   of the world's leading chamber musicians in her career, including pianist   Emanuel Ax, the Pacifica String Quartet, violinists Geoff Nuttall, Ian   Swensen, Axel Strauss, Wei He, Bettina Mussumeli, violists John Largess,   Ivo-Jan van der Werff, Jodi Levitz, Ashleigh Gordon, Peter Slowik, Steve   Dann, Max Mandel, and cellists Norman Fischer, Jean-Michel Fonteneau, David   Geber, Anthony Elliott, and Natasha Brofsky.

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