Ryan Behan has won acclaim from audiences in the United States, Europe and China as an exceptionally versatile pianist. Recent performance highlights: in recital with soprano Sumi Jo at the Mozarteum, concerto soloist with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Franz Liszt’s Années de Pèlerinage, and a performance in the Salzburg Festival with Czech soprano Jolana Slavíková. 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 Frédéric Chopin. Dedicated to the advancement of new music, he has performed the works of many living composers including Luxembourger Alexander Müllenbach, as well as those by Joseph Schwantner 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 and Michael Frischenschlager; and cellists Umberto Clerici and the late Heinrich Schiff. With a strong profile throughout Ohio and the Midwest, Behan serves as principal keyboardist for ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and has performed in this organization’s 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. He is a founding member and treasurer of The American Liszt Society Ohio Chapter.