Ryan Grieser, age 17, is a student at Desert Vista High School in Phoenix and studies viola with Ms. Susanne Rothaar. In 2014, Ryan performed twice in Carnegie Hall as a prizewinner in the American Protégé International Piano & Strings Competition as well as their Concerto Competition. He has also won prizes in solo competitions from the American String Teachers Association, Music Teachers National Association, Arizona Music Educators Association, Phoenix Symphony Guild, Phoenix Youth Symphony, Virtuoso Violas, and Four Seasons Orchestra. Ryan has served as principal viola of the All-National Honors Orchestra, Arizona High School All-State Orchestra, and Youth Symphony of the Southwest.
Most recently, he was a winner in the Youth Symphony of the Southwest Concerto Competition and will be soloing with YSSW later this year. Ryan has attended various summer music festivals including Eastern Music Festival and the Heifetz International Music Institute where he was a student of Mr. Jeffrey Irvine and Mrs. Martha Katz. He has also played in masterclasses with Atar Arad, Paul Coletti, and Robert Vernon. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys watching sports and spending time with his triplet brother and sister.