Danny Ryan pictured here after having his winning film-music piece 'The Call of Winter' performed by the Royal College of Music SFO.

Danny Ryan pictured here after having his winning film-music piece 'The Call of Winter' performed by the Royal College of Music SFO.

Early Life

  • Danny Ryan started his musical life with the saxophone at age 9, and initially studied Jazz with former BBC Big Band First Alto, Nigel Nash.

  • He then began composing for his school and local Jazz ensembles whilst growing up in Gloucestershire, and broadened his style into contemporary classical music, taking his studies through undergrad and postgraduate degrees in Manchester and London, UK.

  • He has received long-term composition tutelage from Gary Carpenter, Liz Lane, Enrica Sciandrone, and Howard Davidson, and had classes with many other world-renowned composers.

Education and Awards

  • In 2018 Danny attained his masters in Composition for Screen as the Christopher Hogwood Scholar at the Royal College of Music in London.

  • He graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with first class honours, after winning the prestigious RNCM Gold Medal for Composition 2016.

  • He is the 2nd Runner-Up of the 2017 Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest, and a finalist in the Sound Track Cologne ETC Competition 2017. He is also a winner of the 2016 SFO Composition Competition, recipient of the 2014 Grindon Dearden Prize for composition, and winner of the 2011 Thornbury Orchestra Composers’ Competition.