Hailing from Massapequa, NY, Chris Ryan is a Los Angeles-based composer whose credits span film, television, videogames and theatre.

Most recently, he had the pleasure of working as Benjamin Wallfisch’s MIDI orchestrator on DC Films’ #1 box office hit Shazam!, helping bring to life the film’s rousing original score. As a composer, Chris’s work has been featured at New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Steinway Hall, The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, and in film festivals internationally. As a performer and arranger, his collaboration with Academy Award-winning composer Michael Giacchino, LOST: Music from the Island for Solo Piano, reached #5 in its category on the Billboard charts.

A 2019 participant in the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop, Chris previously served as assistant to orchestrator David Krystal, with whom he worked on projects for composers Benjamin Wallfisch, Harry Gregson-Williams and Tom Howe, among others. He has worked on the music teams of multiple critically acclaimed television series, including Netflix’s Tales of the City, and has written original music for clients including Mastercard, Warner Media, and Vox.


Chris had created remarkable solo piano arrangements which captured the characters and emotions of all the major themes I had written for the show. Feeling that a professionally recorded version of his work was something that should be shared with all fans of LOST, I tracked him down.
— MICHAEL GIACCHINO, Academy Award Winning Composer (Up, Star Wars: Rogue One)

PHOTO: MICHAEL GIACCHINO

Frequent collaborators include "intensely funny surrealist comedy" group Gentlemen Party (TimeOutNY) and Pipeline Theatre Company, named one of NYC's best theatre 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). Recently, Chris served as composer for the short film Children of the Revolution, which received 2nd Prize in the Producers Guild of America’s ‘Make Your Mark’ Competition. As a participant in the 2016 NYU/ASCAP Foundation Film Scoring Workshop, he received mentorship from composers Sean Callery (24, Homeland) and Mark Snow (The X-Files).


The production values are exceptional. Shadows, tinkling piano music and other effects create an immersive sense of menace...
— KEN JAWOROWSKI, The New York Times

A storyteller at heart, Chris received his degree in film production from the University of Miami in 2012. After five years based in Brooklyn, New York, Chris recently made the jump to Los Angeles with his husband, Larson Grant award-winning playwright and television writer Andrew Farmer. They live in Los Feliz—around the block from Walt Disney's first apartment—with their three adorably overgrown potted plants.

Working with a composer like Chris is every producer’s dream.
— KYLEY TUCKER, Producer (NBC's 'The Voice')