"... Pianist, Ryan Shookman, has the audience at the end of their seats with his ability to play passionately and powerfully. Just as intense is his sensitivity and delicate touch, a combination that can grasp anyone to escape on an emotional, colorful journey…"
"I feel so fortunate to be able to be a 'translator of energy.' This requires you to be vulnerable on stage for you are opening your very soul. The energy flows through you into the audience's hearts, fully indulging each of us into the beautiful story the music is painting."
From South Orange County, California, Ryan Shookman began his musical training from his mother, Maureen Shookman, and piano teacher, Patricia Foster. He then went on to study with Louanne Fuchs-Long at the Redlands School of Music where he held a piano scholarship. Continuing his studies in New York City at The Juilliard School, Mr. Shookman then studied in Paris and Nice, France. He studied with the great Pascal Roge, Xu Zhong, Prisca Benoit, and Oxana Yoblanaskaya. He also studied vocal coaching with Dalton Baldwin in France. His goal was to learn as much as he could, no matter where it took him.
As a performer, Mr. Shookman is no stranger to the concert stage, taking him to 22 countries and a multitude of cities in the United States as a soloist, a chamber musician and a collaborative artist.
As a coach, Ryan Shookman has gone from coaching leading violinists through Robert Becker's Studio at the Colorado Music Festival; to providing multiple vocal, chamber, and master sessions on music interpretation. "In music, you must tell a story and paint a picture...I love being able to help people discover their artistic brush!"
Currently, Ryan Shookman resides in Baltimore City, MD with many projects on hand. He has directed musicals including: "The Fantasticks" (The Bay Theatre of Annapolis), "Merrily We Roll Along" (Georgetown Law School's Gilbert and Sullivan Society), "I Love You, You're Perfect Now Change" (Colonial Players Theatre), and "The Last Five Years" (Dignity Players Theatre). He is scheduled for "Company" (Colonial Players Theatre) and "Violet" (Dignity Players Theatre) later this season. Ryan Shookman also is the pianist for "The Annapolis Broadway Sing-Along" and "DC Black Fox Lounge Cabaret" where people are able to sing whatever they want while he accompanies them on the piano.
Mr. Shookman has also directed and created various concerts that turn the traditional concert into a multi-media production including, "A Night With the Stars," which included over 50 clips of musical theatre and film music, arranged and then categorized into themes. "It is difficult for most people to relate to Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto #2; but if you theme it as "Tragedy" and explain the story, you allow the minds, hearts, and ears to feel comfortable enough to 'paint' the picture they are hearing. Other recent performances include the Mendelssohn Piano Trio at First and Franklin Cathedral in Baltimore City, a concerto in NYC for a major LGBT fundraiser, and a private show with vocalist Christine Asero at the Bally's Hotel in Las Vegas.
"I know music is around and in every one of us. It is the international language that we all can share, because it is through our hearts."