Mr. Ryan Ash

Cello, Piano Teacher

Ryan Ash

SAA Member


Pittsburgh, PA
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The Center for Young Musicians offers cello lessons and classes in the following locations:

Fox Chapel

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Ryan Ash, cellist, began his musical studies on the piano at the age of six. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with Brandon Vamos (of the Grammy-winning Pacifica Quartet), and his Master of Music degree at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University with Dr. Tanya Carey, former president of the SAA and with whom he continues long-term teacher training every summer. He has also attended the Chicago and Atlanta Suzuki Institutes and received Music Together early childhood music training. Additionally, Ryan has performed in masterclasses for Steven Doane, Richard Aaron, David Halen, Amit Peled, John Sharp, Wendy Warner, the Arianna, Biava, and Shanghai String Quartets, and has spent summers studying at the Meadowmount School, Innsbrook Institute, Madeline Island Music Camp, Britt Festival, and the Astona International Festival in Leysin, Switzerland.

Before relocating to Pittsburgh, Ryan performed frequently as a member of the Sinfonia da Camera, the Champaign-Urbana, Eastern Illinois, and Decatur Symphony Orchestras, and the Lyria Piano Trio. His performance of Gian Carlo Menotti’s Trio for Two Cellos and Piano was also featured on Chicago’s classical radio station 98.7 WFMT. Ryan has since performed recitals of solo and chamber music on the Holy Trinity Concert Series in Robinson Township, Music on the Edge, and appeared with Ripieno Pittsburgh as well as the McKeesport, Butler County and Ohio Valley symphonies. Ryan is a faculty member at the Center for Young Musicians where he teaches cello, music literacy, and early childhood music.

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