Jeffrey Ryan


Praised for his “masterful command of instrumental colour” (Georgia Straight) and “superb attention to rhythm” (Audio Ideas Guide), and recipient of SOCAN’s 2014 Jan V. Matejcek New Classical Music Award for career achievement, Vancouver-based Jeffrey Ryan writes music that runs the gamut from opera, art song, and choral music to chamber and orchestral work. With awards and recognition including four JUNO nominations, his music has been commissioned, performed and recorded by orchestras, ensembles and soloists worldwide. His portrait CD Fugitive Colours (Vancouver Symphony/Gryphon Trio) launched the Naxos Canadian Classics series and won the 2012 Western Canadian Music Award for Classical Recording of the Year.

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Featured Works

Quantum Mechanics: Fission, for string quartet.

The string quartet Quantum Mechanics is in three movements inspired by atomic energy. In the first movement Fission (the act of splitting the atom), after a slow introduction converging to an emphatic unison, the musical motives orbit around the central pitch D, while musical threads swirl away from this central pitch in bursts of energy.

Featured in Canadian Waves (Special Edition June 2016)