Ryan Darke: Resident Faculty

Ryan Darke

Ryan Darke

Trumpeter Ryan Darke enjoys a diverse career as a performer and educator. Ryan is the tenured principal trumpet of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, where he works under Placido Domingo and James Conlon. Prior to joining the Los Angeles Opera, he played 2nd trumpet in Baltimore Symphony, and principal trumpet in San Diego Symphony, for a year long with each ensemble. He also spent one year at the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas in Miami, Florida.

It also gives Ryan much pleasure to mentor and guides aspiring young musicians at the collegiate level. In 2018, Ryan will focus his teaching efforts at Bob Cole Conservatory at California State University in Long Beach. He also enjoyed two years of full professorship at the University of Arizona.

Ryan has found success playing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, Seattle Symphony, St Louis Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia, Malaysia Philharmonic, Stavanger Philharmonic, Cabrillo Festival Orcehstra and in Los Angeles with the new music ensemble wild Up. Over the past couple years he has worked with many of the world’s great conductors including Gustavo Dudamel, Michael Tilson Thomas, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Marin Alsop, Louis Langree, and Esa Pekka Salonen. He also has enjoyed working closely with Christoph Eschenbach as principal trumpet at the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival for several years. While residing in Germany he was featured playing Mahler 5, among other large works during several international tours.

Being a musician in Los Angeles brings very special opportunities, and recently Ryan played a session for the movie, “The Greatest Showman”, which took place at Fox Studios. Ryan has played varied sessions at Warner Brothers, Fox, and Sony Sound Studios.

Ryan received his Professional Studies Certificate at The Colburn School, his Masters in Music Performance from Rice University, and his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of California State Long Beach, Bob Cole Conservatory. His most influential instructors have been Rob Frear, James Wilt, Rick Giangiulio, Tony Prisk, Bill VerMeulen, and Michael Sachs, and Joan LaRue.

In addition to performing Ryan is an active teacher and mentor of young musicians. Ryan maintains a private studio in addition to volunteering as a teacher and mentor for students for many local organizations. He has volunteered for OrchKids through the Baltimore Symphony, Youth Orchestras of Los Angeles (YOLA) through the LA Philharmonic, and while touring with the LA Philharmonic taught a master class in Venezuela’s “El Sistema”. This spring Ryan was asked to speak to during a lecture series for Bard College Conservatory of Music students via the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Ryan has been published in the International Trumpet Guild, with an article titled “The American Brass Quintet on Musical and Professional Accountability” which was published in January 2010.