Ryan King, Clarinet
Ryan J. King is a Michigan-based professional clarinetist and teacher, who is principal clarinet of the Michigan Philharmonic. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, where he studied with Daniel Gilbert. Ryan has performed and recorded with many notable ensembles, such as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the River Raisin Ragtime Revue, the Dearborn Symphony, and the Cut-Time Players. He attended the Aspen Summer Music Festival, Brevard Music Festival, and the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival in New York City. He performed as principal clarinetist on the GRAMMY award nominated recording of Milhaud’s opera L'Orestie d'Eschyle with the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra and on the premiere recording of Alyssa Morris’ ‘Dreamscape’, featured on Equilibrium Records’ “IllumiNation” with the Ann Arbor Camerata Orchestra. Ryan performs each summer at the Michigan City Chamber Music Festival, where he has been featured as soloist. He performed the World Premiere of Miguel del Aguila’s ‘Concierto Con Brio,’ commissioned by and written for him and Nancy Ambrose King, in both its chamber and orchestral versions. Ryan’s students have gone on to study at the country’s leading music schools in college, and consistently place in Michigan All-State ensembles. In addition to his classical performance, Ryan has a strong presence in the Michigan rock scene. As a founding member of progressive jam band Stormy Chromer, Ryan has spent years touring the US with the group. Beyond his passion for music, Ryan enjoys spending his time hiking and traveling, and is working towards visiting all of America’s National Parks.