Ryan Probert is a composer recognised for compositions for the concert hall, as well as his soundtracks for documentaries and songs.
Ryan taught himself music before going on to study at the Birmingham Conservatoire, with Joe Cutler, graduating in 2016 with a MMus in Composition at distinction. He went on to have performances in venues including Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, Leicester Cathedral, and The British Museum, and has worked for organisations such as the BBC. Ryan won the NJO Prize at the 2017 International Young Composers Meeting. In 2018, he toured the Netherlands with his composition ‘Twilight City’, performed by the Helikon Kwartet. In 2022, Ryan alongside Luke Deane was a Britten Pears Residency Artist at Snape Maltings.
Ryan’s music has been critically acclaimed, with attention drawn to its lightness, delicacy, and originality: Ivan Hewitt of the Telegraph described Ryan’s music as, “authentically of the present moment in lightness and stubborn eccentricity. …charmingly Satie-like in oddity, and played with truly uncanny unanimity…”.
Richard Bratby of the Birmingham Post said the compositions were “…huge Technicolor sonorities (extra brass plus organ) from the slightest of musical ideas”. Ryan was Creative Director at the Tobias Matthay Pianoforte until 2020, and he has gone on to lecture at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and Middlesex University.