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, solo recitals of selections from the three suites of Franz Liszt’s Années de Pèlerinage, and guest artist at Haus der Kultur and the Salzburg Kammermusik Konzertreihe in Austria. A winner in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, Behan has also 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.
Since 2012 he has served on the faculty of the Mozarteum International Summer Academy in Salzburg, Austria where he has taught collaborative piano students participating in Lied classes, and coached instrumentalists and singers alongside many of the great artists of our time, including opera singers Grace Bumbry, Sumi Jo, Wolfgang Brendel, Hedwig Fassbender and Wolfgang Holzmair; violinists Zakhar Bron, Michael Frischenschlager and Igor Petrushevski; and cellist Umberto Clerici. He also served as korrepetitor for the Vienna Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst cello studio of the late Heinrich Schiff, and for the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria. With a strong profile throughout Ohio and the Midwest, Behan serves as principal keyboardist for ProMusica Chamber Orchestra; he performed Artist Circle recitals with Vadim Gluzman and Paul Neubauer; concertized with members of the Chicago Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic and Indianapolis Symphony; been guest artist at Indiana University–Bloomington and Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; given solo concerts and master classes at the University of Toledo, Wittenberg University and Kenyon College; and served as 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 with James Tocco in Cincinnati. Since his appointment at Ohio State in 2008 he has taught applied piano, served as vocal coach for opera productions, and served as guest lecturer for piano literature and graduate German diction courses. He is a founding member and treasurer of The American Liszt Society Ohio Chapter, which hosted its first Franz Liszt International Piano Competition in Columbus, Ohio in October 2017; the second will be held in May 2020.