Hailing from Long Island, New York, Chris Ryan is a Billboard-charted composer and filmmaker with a passion for musical storytelling. At the awkward age of seventeen, he won a small-town mock beauty pageant by performing the Flying Theme from E.T. on piano. Needless to say, he's been working in film music ever since.
A graduate of the University of Miami with double majors in film and theatre production, Chris quickly found his niche in the storytelling world by combining a passion for compelling narratives with a knack for translating emotions into music. Since breaking into scoring seven years ago, his music has transported viewers from the foothills of China to the darkest corners of the human mind; from the American Wild West to the farthest reaches of space. His work has been featured on Funny Or Die, at New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Soho Rep's Walkerspace, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Judson Memorial and The Peoples Improv Theater, as well as in film festivals internationally. A participant in the 2016 NYU/ASCAP Foundation Film Scoring Workshop, Chris's compositional skills and orchestration received accolades from both mentors Sean Callery (24, Homeland) and Mark Snow (The X-Files).
Admittedly, the road to film scoring was a rather unique one for Chris. A collaborator at heart, his earliest aspirations were to direct. However, after discovering the score to the hit ABC drama 'LOST' when he was a freshman in high school, Chris quickly became fascinated by the marriage of music and picture. As a film major, he scored his first short from a college dorm room using GarageBand and a Yamaha keyboard. Less than three years later, Chris’s journey came full circle when he collaborated with Academy Award winning composer Michael Giacchino (Up, Star Trek, Super 8) on a solo piano album of the music from LOST, serving as performer and arranger of the very themes that inspired him to pursue film composition in the first place. The album reached number 5 in its category on the Billboard Charts, and inspired a rather impassioned tweet from Producer Damon Lindelof: "GET READY TO CRY!!!"
Past collaborators include "intensely funny surrealist comedy" group Gentlemen Party (TimeOutNY) and Pipeline Theatre Company, recently named one of NYC's best non-Broadway theater companies by Gothamist . His work on Pipeline's 'The Gray Man' alongside co-composer Mike Brun received praise from both The New York Times and Lighting and Sound America, and his sound team has been nominated for two Golden Reel awards by the Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE). After five years working in New York City, Chris recently made the jump to Los Angeles to pursue film scoring full-time.