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Bachelor of Arts Trumpet Performance and Music Education St. John’s University Collegeville, MN
Master of Music in Performance in Literature – University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
Artist Diploma in Orchestral Studies – Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL
Trumpeter, Ryan Berndt, is described by Gramophone Magazine as “versatile, superb, and committed” (Christian Hoskins), known for his chamber, baroque, and new music interpretations.
After eleven seasons with the Gaudete Brass Quintet, Ryan has emerged into the freelance and studio scene as a recording artist for Netflix and Amazon Prime, most notably on American Traitor: The Trial of Axis Sally, starring Al Pacino and Meadow Williams. He has performed, toured, and recorded with numerous ensembles on both modern and baroque trumpets, including Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma, Tempesta di Mare, Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin College, Regis Philbin Big Band, and the Zohn Collective.
Mr. Berndt has given concerts and masterclasses around the country at some of the most renowned educational institutions, including the Manhattan School of Music, Colburn Conservatory of Music, Eastman School of Music, and The Juilliard School. Ryan is a recording artist for Cedille Records, a Schilke Artist, and an Ambassador for Denis Wick.
Ryan studied extensively with Mark Ridenour (Assistant Principal Trumpet-Chicago Symphony Orchestra) and Dale White (Professor of trumpet St. John’s University).