Ryan Gallagher is a doctoral candidate at Cornell University, where his teachers include Steven Stucky, Kevin Ernste, and Roberto Sierra. He received his Bachelor’s of Music degree from The Juilliard School in 2007, where he studied with Christopher Rouse. A native of Wooster, Ohio, he studied composition with his father, Jack Gallagher of The College of Wooster during high school. He has also studied with Samuel Adler and Stephen Jaffe.
Ryan has received numerous awards and commissions with performances by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, The Juilliard Orchestra, eighth blackbird, New York Youth Symphony, New Juilliard Ensemble, Society for New Music, Metropolis Ensemble, and Collage New Music Ensemble. He has attended multiple summer music festivals including the Aspen Music School, Freie Universität Berlin International Summer Program, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Norfolk Music Festival, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and the Composers Conference at Wellesley College.
Gallagher’s recent compositional interests have led him to write pieces mixing standard ensembles with non-classical instruments, including a work for solo drum set and wind ensemble as well as a concerto for electric guitar, bass, synthesizer, and drum set. In April 2010, his orchestral work Grindhouse was publicly read by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra as part of ACO’s EarShot and receives its world premiere at this concert.