Catriona Ryan, flute
Catriona Ryan was a scholarship student of Doris Keogh at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin. She was subsequently awarded Arts Council Bursaries in order to pursue further studies abroad. Catriona was accepted into the prestigious Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, where her teachers included Trevor Wye, Richard Davis (Principal Flute- BBC Philharmonic Orchestra) and Patricia Morris (Principal Piccolo- BBC Symphony Orchestra).
After her studies at the RNCM, which included masterclass performances with William Bennett, Maxence Larrieu, Susan Milan and James Galway, Catriona was awarded an honours degree as well as Professional Performance Diplomas in both flute and chamber music performance. During her college years Catriona was engaged by various orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera North, Manchester Camerata, Northern Sinfonia and the Halle.
Upon graduation Catriona was offered the position of Sub-Principal Flute/Piccolo with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, and she subsequently won the appointment of Section Leader 1st Flute.
An enthusiastic chamber music player and soloist, Catriona has given recitals with many ensembles and is a founder member of the Cassiopeia Wind Quintet. She has also collaborated with the Grammy-nominated Friday-Seezer Ensemble on a commercial CD and book of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf with illustrations by Bono, with all proceeds going to The Irish Hospice Foundation.