Ryaan Ahmed plays lute, theorbo, and guitar, and works as a soloist, continuo player, and vocal coach. He lives in London, England and works throughout the United States and Europe. Ryaan holds a Masters degree in Early Music from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Paul O’Dette and coached with Christel Thielmann. His masters studies were supported by the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. Ryaan holds an AB from Harvard University, where he concentrated in Computer Science with a Secondary Field in Music, while studying lute privately with Douglas Freundlich and Patrick O’Brien. As an undergraduate, Ryaan directed the Harvard Early Music Society and was a member of the Erwin Bodky Award-winning Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra. As a masters student, Ryaan was the assistant for the Eastman Collegium Musicum and taught lute lessons to guitar majors and continuo lessons for harp and guitar students.
In 2017, Ryaan will serve as Associate Music Director for Hamstead Garden Opera’s production of Monteverdi’s L’Incoronatione di Poppea and as Musical Assistant for the Boston Early Music Festival’s production of Campra’s La Carnival de Venise. He also will appear in recital at the Lute Society (UK) in addition to his active schedule as a continuo player for projects throughout the UK.
Highlights of Ryaan’s recent work include appearances with the Welsh National Opera under the direction of Rinaldo Alessandrini, with English Touring Opera, at the Globe Theater, with Solomon’s Knot, at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA as part of a new site-specific show under the direction of Giselle Ty, with Cornell University’s Early Music Lab in the North American premier of Agazzari’s Eumelio, with the Scottish Ensemble and Nicola Benedetti, and with Timothy Nelson and ’t Kabinet at Operadagen Rotterdam. For his direction of Cavalli’s La Calisto with the Harvard Early Music Society, the Boston Musical Intelligencer called Ryaan “an adept conductor from the theorbo”.