Colin RyanColin Ryan graduated from McGill University in Montréal and continued his studies in the United States and in Europe.

He was the Principal Cellist of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra from 1976 to 2015.

He has also performed with the Orford String Quartet, the Pacific Baroque Orchestra in Vancouver and the World Philharmonic Orchestra, an orchestra comprised exclusively of principal players of orchestras from around the world.

Mr. Ryan was invited to join the National Arts Centre Orchestra for a summer season as Guest Principal Cellist and also plays baroque cello and viola da gamba.

He was invited to join the University of Alberta Music Department in 2013.