A performer and educator in high demand, violinist Ryan Cockman is known for his unique tone and engaging live performances. After graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a MM in Violin Performance and Pedagogy, Ryan has settled in Nashville to pursue his freelance and teaching careers.
Ryan cultivated his passion for chamber music during his multiple summers at the Green Mountain and Vianden International Music Festivals. An interest in creating new music eventually led him to study group and solo improvisation techniques while leading the Focolari Quartet, which has opened doors to collaborations with musical and visual artists across a wide variety of genres. While living in the Bay Area for a few years, Ryan was also an integral part of the Classical Revolution and GroupMuse movements, which afforded him frequent opportunities to collaborate and share chamber music with new listeners.
In addition to chamber music, Ryan plays in an array of orchestras in the area such as the Gateway Chamber Orchestra, Huntsville Symphony, Orchestra Kentucky Bowling Green, and the Louisville Orchestra. He was the recipient of the Donald Plott Music Scholarship from Davidson College, which helped facilitate the research for his Master’s thesis on Pedagogical techniques for string students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Ryan also holds a supplemental Master’s Degree in Violin Performance from the University of South Florida, and a Bachelor of Arts from Davidson College. His primary teachers have included Lina Bahn, Charles Wetherbee, Carolyn Stuart, and Joni Roos. When not playing music, Ryan enjoys surfing, fly-fishing, and cooking.