Ryan from Glasgow is one of a number of up-and-coming musical talents currently studying at the RSAMD Junior Academy, where he received the Wolfson Scholarship in 2007 and 2008. At 15 he is the youngest student of the bassoon, and he is already a seasoned performer in various youth orchestras. Ryan is also a keen pianist and singer and currently sings with the National Youth Choir of Scotland.
Ryan quickly impressed his early teachers with his natural talent and potential, showing rapid progress with the bassoon. Ryan is enthusiastic in his approach to his bassoon studies and hopes to have a successful career as an orchestral player. The only thing holding him back is the lack of a good instrument.
How the Award Helped
The Dewar Arts Award has enabled Ryan to purchase a professional-standard bassoon to support his playing.
Since the Award
Ryan was able to find a Fox bassoon that suited him and writes that it is a 'true pleasure to perform on such a beautiful bassoon'. Ryan has since gained places in the NYO Scotland and the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra. In 2010 Ryan will perform Weber's Bassoon Concerto with the Glasgow Schools' Symphony Orchestra as his first concerto performance. Ryan looks forward to continuing his music studies at a conservatoire.