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 Ryan Cockerham is a composer/performer of contemporary art music and a designer of immersive sound and media installations.

Ryan's creative work has been exhibited and performed by leading arts and academic organizations around the world, including the English National Ballet, Texas Ballet Theater, The Print Room London, Institute of Contemporary Art London, Royal College of Art, Royal British Society of Sculptors, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bath House Cultural Center Dallas, Audi City Beijing, Art Expo Milano, and a number of galleries in both Europe and South America.

As a conductor, Ryan recently collaborated on the world premiere recordings of Florence Price’s two violin concerti, featuring Er-Gene Kahng, soloist, and the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra. The album, released by Albany Records, has received attention and praise from The NewYorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and NPR, among other publications. Ryan has also conducted premieres of contemporary composers in venues such as the Church of St. Martin in the Fields and others.

Ryan has created several works for dance with choreographers in the US and UK. His 2015 collaboration with Jonathan Watkins on "Crash" was named one of North Texas' Top 10 Performing Arts events of the year. 

Further collaborations with multimedia artists and film directors have resulted in showcases at the Kansas City Fringe Festival, Houston Fringe Festival, Berlin Film Festival, Sao Paulo Film Festival, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, London Short Film Festival, China Image Film Festival, and the Tri-Cities film festival.

In 2016, Ryan established the Shadow Ensemble, a silent-film scoring ensemble which incorporates both electronic and acoustic instruments, improvised performative techniques and an immersive, engaging audiovisual experience for audiences. Ryan has also premiered his work through performances at a number of universities including the State University of New York Purchase, the University of Tulsa and the University of Arkansas, among others.


Ryan graduated with a Masters in Music Composition from the Royal College of Music in 2013, having been awarded the college’s highest honor for creative achievement.