Chris Ryan is a Los Angeles-based composer and pianist whose credits span film, television, videogames and theatre.
As a performer and arranger, his solo collaboration with Academy Award-winning composer Michael Giacchino, LOST: Music from the Island for Solo Piano, peaked at #5 in its category on the Billboard charts. As an orchestrator, he has worked under David Krystal on projects for composers Benjamin Wallfisch, Harry Gregson-Williams and Tom Howe, among others. As a composer, Chris has scored over 100 films, commercials and plays, and his 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.
Frequent collaborators include "intensely funny surrealist comedy" group Gentlemen Party (TimeOutNY) and Pipeline Theatre Company, named one of NYC's best 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). Most 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, his compositional skills and orchestration received accolades from mentors Sean Callery (24, Homeland) and Mark Snow (The X-Files).
After five years based in Brooklyn, New York, Chris recently made the jump to Los Angeles with his husband, Larson Grant-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.