Ryan Cole is celebrated as one of Canada’s fastest rising young orchestral players. A native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Ryan is in his fourth year as Principal Trumpet of the Victoria Symphony. Before moving out west, Ryan held the assistant principal chair in the Regina Symphony and frequently appeared as a member of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal trumpet section. Recognized on the national and international level, notable solo performances include appearing as guest soloist with Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, performing for former U.S. President Bill Clinton, and competing in the prestigious OSM competition. Favourite chamber engagements include recording new brass quintet music for Editions BIM publishing and appearing at the International Trumpet Guild festival with the Saskatchewan Trumpet Ensemble.
Ryan completed his Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Education with distinction at the University of Saskatchewan in 2009. During his undergraduate degree, Ryan became a Laureate of the National Music Festival of Canada and toured the country with the National Youth Orchestra. He also credits his upbringing in Saskatchewan for his love of wind band music. Ryan also appeared as principle trumpet at the World Association of Symphonic Bands conference in Killarny, Ireland, and is a staunch supporter of keeping band and orchestra programs in schools.
After undergrad, Ryan went on to receive his Master of Music degree in orchestral trumpet performance under Paul Merkelo at McGill University on a full-scholarship thanks to the prestigious Provost fellowship and McGill Schulich scholarship. In 2010, Ryan was selected as a full-scholarship member of the Music Academy of the West orchestral and solo training program in Santa Barbara, California. During his time in Montreal, Ryan frequently appeared and recorded with the Montreal Symphony under the baton of Kent Nagano. He has had the opportunity to play under many more of today’s top conductors, notably, Leonard Slatkin, Larry Rachleff, and Nicholas McGegan.
Hometown: Saskatoon, SK
First season with the VS: 2012/13
Most memorable VS experience: There are several already! Everything from finally playing my favourite trumpet excerpts in full orchestra to performing a concerto to playing in every balcony, doorway, and backroom of every hall (everyone loves a “trumpet in the distance”)! My first Splash was a huge memory for me as well. Basically, I feel like every week is a new memory for me – that’s the beauty of work as an orchestral musician.
Hobbies and interests: Golf, badminton, tennis… most importantly though… PRACTICING!
Favourite things to do around the capital region: I love living here in Victoria. I’m from Saskatchewan, so my favourite thing to do in Victoria is not shovel my driveway. Seriously though, I enjoy hiking, golfing, and marvelling at the fact that we live on the freakin’ ocean!
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