Mr. Darke completed a season of his fellowship at the New World Symphony, under the artistic direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, before moving onto Los Angeles Opera Orchestra. He has recently been appointed Principal Trumpet of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra by James Conlon and is ecstatic to be back and working in his hometown of Los Angeles.
During summer, he enjoys his new position at the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, in Santa Cruz. In addition, he has also played at Britt Festival Orchestra, Castleton Festival Orchestra under Lorin Maazel, two summer’s at the National Orchestra Institute, the Aspen Music Festival, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, Bar Harbor Brass Institute, and seminars at Domaine Forget.
While in Los Angeles, Ryan enjoys performing contemporary music with the modern music collective wildUp, of which he is a founding member. He also has performed in salsa bands and even a Brazilian band named Badaue.
Over the past couple years, Mr. Darke has worked with many of the world’s great conductors, including Gustavo Dudamel, Michael Tilson Thomas, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Marin Alsop, Louis Langree, and Esa Pekka Salonen. He also has enjoyed working closely with Christoph Eschenbach while serving two years as principal trumpet at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. While residing in Germany, he was featured playing Mahler 5 among other large works during several international tours.
Ryan received his Professional Studies Certificate at The Colburn School (2013) Masters in Music Performance from Rice University (2010), and his bachelor’s degree at the California State University Long Beach - Bob Cole Conservatory of Music (2008). His most influential instructors have been James Wilt, Tony Prisk, Rob Frear, Bill VerMeulen, Richard Giangiulio, Joan LaRue, and Michael Sachs.
In addition to performing, Mr. Darke is an active teacher and mentor of young musicians. He maintains a private studio, in addition to volunteering as a teacher and mentor for students for many local organizations. He has volunteered for OrchKids through the Baltimore Symphony, Youth Orchestras of Los Angeles (YOLA) through the LA Philharmonic, and while touring with the LA Philharmonic taught a master class in Venezuela’s “El Sistema”. This spring Ryan was asked to speak at a lecture series for Bard College Conservatory of Music students via the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Ryan was published in January 2010 in the Journal of the International Trumpet Guild, with an article titled “The American Brass Quintet on Musical and Professional Accountability.”