Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike for his strong communicative skills in numerous styles, help exceptional use of the organ’s capabilities, look and bold programming, remedy Jonathan Ryan has emerged as one of North America’s premier young concert artists. Among the few organists distinguished with six First Prize awards at major international and national competitions, he most notably received both the First Prize and the LeTourneau Concerto Prize in the 2009 Jordan II International Organ Competition. Additional awards include First Prize in the Arthur Poister, John Rodland Scholarship, and Albert Schweitzer (Young Professional Division) National Competitions.
He recently released his début recording, entitled A Cathedral’s Voice, to critical acclaim, including a five-star review in the London-based Choir & Organ. Selections have been broadcast on the nationally syndicated radio programs PIPEDREAMS and WITH HEART AND VOICE.
As a solo recitalist, Jonathan’s performances have taken him to prominent venues across the USA and Europe, including full-length recitals at the 2014 National Convention of the American Guild of Organists, three national conventions of the Organ Historical Society, the Nicholaikirche in Leipzig (Germany), the Cathédrale St-André in Bordeaux (France), the Fraumünster in Zürich (Switzerland), St. Paul’s Cathedral in London (UK), the prestigious Spotlight Series of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival (Charleston, SC), and the inaugural series of the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, CA.
A native of Charlotte, NC, Jonathan began playing the organ at age eight. He holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Eastman School of Music where he studied organ with Todd Wilson and David Higgs respectively.
Also a conductor and passionate about sacred music, he serves on the music staff of Christ Church (Episcopal) in Greenwich, CT where he directs the semi-professional adult choir, and works with the Choir of Men & Boys and the Girls Choir. During his two seasons as Visiting Artist at St. James Cathedral (Episcopal) Concerts in Chicago, IL, his solo organ accompaniment transcription of the Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 with the St. James Cathedral Choir was showcased on the Friday night “Music in Chicago” program of Chicago’s Classical Music Station, WFMT. An advocate of new music, he has conducted and performed the premiere of many liturgical and solo works.