Ryan Behan has won acclaim from audiences throughout the United States, Europe and China as an exceptionally versatile pianist. Recent highlights include performances as concerto soloist with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and Vince Lee, conductor; solo recitals of selections from the three suites of Franz Liszt’s Années de Pèlerinage; duo concerts with Indianapolis Symphony Concertmaster Zachary DePue; duo performance with Juilliard faculty and former principal New York Philharmonic violist Paul Neubauer for the Artist Circle Concert Series in Columbus; regular guest artist appearances at the Salzburg Kammermusik Konzertreihe; and recitals with acclaimed tenor Wei-Long Tao throughout China’s Anhui Province. In past years Dr. Behan has presented bicentennial celebrations devoted to the solo, chamber music and vocal literature of Franz Liszt, Robert Schumann and Frederic Chopin. Dedicated to the advancement of new music, he has performed the works of many living composers including the subject of his doctoral document, Luxembourg composer Alexander Müllenbach, as well as those by Joseph Schwanter at the Contemporary Music Festival and Composers, Inc. in Columbus.
A winner in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, Dr. Behan is also a member of the collaborative faculty of the Mozarteum International Summer Academy in Salzburg, Austria where he has coached instrumentalists and singers alongside many of the great artists of our time, including cellist Umberto Clerici; violinists Zakhar Bron, Michael Frischenschlager, Igor Petrushevski; and opera singers Wolfgang Brendel, Hedwig Fassbender, Wolfgang Holzmair and Grace Bumbry. He also served as korrepetitor for the Vienna Hochschule für Musik cello studio of the late Heinrich Schiff, as well as for the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. With a strong profile throughout Ohio and the Midwest he has concertized with members of the Chicago Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic and Indianapolis Symphony; performed with mezzo-soprano Katherine Rohrer at Indiana University–Bloomington, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Ohio University; and given solo concerts and master classes at the University of Toledo, Wittenberg University, Mount Union University and Kenyon College. He has also served as an adjudicator for the Ohio MTNA Young Artist State Competition and the Columbus Youth Symphony Concerto Competition.
Dr. Behan holds degrees from Bowling Green State University, the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg and The Ohio State University; he was a student of Jerome Rose, Imre Rohmann, Vedrana Subotic and Caroline Hong; he further studied with Leslie Howard at the International Keyboard Institute in NYC and James Tocco in Cincinnati. Since his appointment at OSU in 2008 he has taught applied piano; collaborated with instrumental and voice faculty in concert; served as vocal coach for the opera productions, and guest lecturer for piano literature and graduate German diction courses. A tremendously devoted teacher with an artistic, practical and holistic approach to instruction, Dr. Behan’s students have successfully gained admittance into leading graduate music programs in the US and Europe with full scholarships and teaching assistantships in both piano and collaborative piano. He is a founding member and Treasurer of the The American Liszt Society Ohio Chapter, which will host the first annual Franz Liszt International Piano Competition in Columbus, Ohio in October 2017. Season 2017–18 highlights include performance of Mozart’s Concerto in F Major, No. 7, K.242 for two pianos with pianist Michael Boyd and the Toledo Symphony Orchestra; with Detroit Symphony Associate Conductor, Michelle Merrill; a recording project of works by Gustav Mahler, Louis Aubert and Joseph Marx with mezzo-soprano Katherine Rohrer; and centennial celebration recitals featuring the solo, chamber music and vocal works of Claude Debussy.