Ryan Scott, Percussion
Leading Canadian percussionist Dr. Ryan Scott has been hailed as “Fierce and delicate…a chameleon-like virtuoso who triumphs over the varied colouristic demands and technical challenges” (Gramophone).

As a marimba and multi-percussion soloist he has performed extensively in contemporary music festivals in Europe, Japan, China, Indonesia, South Africa, the UK and The Netherlands.  He has also performed as guest soloist with the Esprit Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, The Hyogo Performing Arts Centre Orchestra, The Austin Symphony and numerous other orchestras and chamber ensembles across North America.

Ryan is a stalwart figure in the Toronto contemporary music community and has performed in over 300 world premieres.  In addition to his work as a regular guest artist with NEXUS, Principal Percussionist of the Esprit Orchestra and Percussionist in the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra since 1996, he is also a sought-after chamber musician and teacher.  A core member of Continuum Contemporary Music (founded 1985), he also serves the organization as Artistic Director.  

His live recording of three Maki Ishii percussion concertos with the Esprit Orchestra (
Innova 809) achieved international acclaim in 2011.  He studied with Russell Hartenberger and Robin Engelman at the University of Toronto and serves on the faculty at the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.  Ryan is married to harpist Sanya Eng, and lives in Toronto with their three children.


“Solo percussionist Ryan Scott’s musicality is as impressive as his technique.”
– The Globe and Mail

“Ryan Scott’s playing is deeply sensitive, as well as virtuosic”
– Fanfare Magazine

“Splendidly performed by Toronto-based virtuoso Ryan Scott. Scott’s mastery of the five-octave concert grand marimba is evident throughout...Glorious stuff”
– Paris Transatlantic

“Virtuoso Toronto percussionist Ryan Scott brings both the ferocity and lyrical sensitivity suggested by Staniland’s score alive in his musically sensitive performance”
– The Wholenote Magazine

“Ryan Scott, whose virtuosity and adventurous spirit is an inspiration to all Canadian composers writing for percussion”
– Musical Toronto

“Torontonian Ryan Scott is a master…There are many hours of re-listening needed here to savour every little detail”
– Musical Toronto

“At the centre of these performances, Ryan Scott is a chameleon-like virtuoso, who triumphs over the varied colouristic demands and technical challenges.”
– Gramophone

“The concerto, Switch, is filled to the brim with wacky, disjunctive energy from the orchestra and a long parade of smashes, bangs, and jangles from soloist Ryan Scott. The concerto’s demands on the soloist are remarkable, requiring mechanical precision and coordination as they move between instruments. Scott was demonstrably comfortable in this demanding role, easily choreographing his way through a large conglomeration of instruments.”
– Musical Toronto
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Updated April, 2016