Born in Queens, New York, Ryan Louie began studying the cello at the age of ten. Since then Mr. Louie has performed in venues in Austria, England, Germany, Holland, Italy, Japan, Korea, and the United States. Throughout his studies, Ryan has garnered scholarships from various institutions such as the Cleveland Cello Society Agnew Bach Prize, Marion Feldman Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music, the Long Island Arts Alliance ScholarArtist Award of Excellence, the Associated Music Teacher’s League Henry Levine and Blanche S. Levy Award, the Mary and George Wilkins Memorial Cello Scholarship at Carnegie Mellon University and the Max Pirani Prize, Wolf Wolfinsohn String Quartet Prize and Bache Fund at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England.
As a versatile musician, Ryan has performed as a soloist, recitalist, orchestra member and chamber musician. His chamber music mentors include Andre Cardenes, Anita Pontremoli, Jaime Laredo, Cyrus Forough, Hartmut Rhode, Michael Dussek, Sharon Robinson, and members of the Cavani and Cleveland Quartet. At the Cleveland Institute of Music, Ryan was a member of the Advanced Piano Trio Program and the Intensive String Quartet Seminar.
Over the years, Ryan has had the privilege of working with notable conductors such as Fabio Luisi, Lorin Maazel, Jun Markl, Trevor Pinnock, Gerard Schwarz, Kryzsztof Urbanski, Osmo Vänskä, David Zinman, and Gerhardt Zimmermann. Ryan is currently section cellist of the Akron Symphony Orchestra, Canton Symphony Orchestra and CityMusic Cleveland.
Ryan Louie has attended music festivals such the Pacific Music Festival, Cello Akademie Rutesheim, Amsterdam Cello Biënnale, Meadowmount School of Music, Great Mountain Music Festival, New Conservatory of Dallas Music in the Mountains, the New York University String Quartet Program and Eastern Music Festival. In 2011, as a member of the Aestus Piano Quartet, he was invited to perform in Montepulciano, Italy and Detmold, Germany as artists in the European Academy for Music and Arts. Throughout his studies he has also been mentored by cellist Aldo Parisot, Anner Bylsma, Colin Carr, Hans Jørgen-Jensen, Jian Wang, Mats Lidström, Matt Haimovitz, Truls Mørk, WenSinn Yang and Zuill Bailey.
Mr. Louie completed his bachelor degree in cello performance at Carnegie Mellon University with Anne Martindale Williams and David Premo. Recently, he completed his master degree in cello performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Dr. Melissa Kraut. Mr. Louie has also studied at the Manhattan School of Music in New York and the Royal Academy of Music in London. His past teachers include Marion Feldman, Jesus Castro-Balbi and Mark Kosower .