Ryan Youens is a music orchestrator, arranger and copyist with fifteen years experience working with composers, ensembles, publishers and musicians.
He works regularly with all of New Zealand’s leading orchestras, including the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Auckland Philharmonia. He has produced music for ensembles such as the London Metropolitan Orchestra, Budapest Scoring Orchestra, Danish National Opera, Dutch Radio Chamber Orchestra and Sydney Symphony Orchestra; for composers such as Victoria Kelly, Rhian Sheehan, Wlad Mahulets and Anthony Ritchie; publishers such as G. Schirmer and Massey University Press; events such as the Rugby World Cup and Pan-Arab Games; on movies such as The Hobbit ‘An Unexpected Journey’ and ‘The Desolation of Smaug’; and has prepared music for the music stands at numerous scoring stages including Abbey Road.
Recent projects include an adaptation of Trevor Jones’ ‘The Dark Crystal’ overture for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra’s ‘The Jim Henson Retrospectacle’ concert, string arrangements for Rhian Sheehan’s new album ‘A Quiet Divide’, music preparation for Neil Finn’s latest album and concert at Sydney Opera House, orchestrations for Sol3 Mio’s nationwide tour, arrangements for Auckland Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Synthony: A Generation of Dance Music’ sell-out shows, and the orchestration and conducting of a new ‘Mission Ferrari’ rollercoaster ride soundtrack for Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi. Ryan was the score coordinator, and co-copyist and orchestrator for ‘City of a Hundred Lovers’, a musical currently running at SkyCity Theatre in Auckland.
Ryan has a masters degree in composition from Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music, a Bachelor’s degree with honours from Otago University and Graduate Diploma in Teaching from Auckland University. As a composer he is regularly commissioned and his music has enjoyed success in concert halls and at film festivals, from North and South America to France and Norway. He currently holds the position of Kaitito Pāpori - the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Communities Composer.
Ryan is a qualified music educator and a music consultant, tutoring and giving workshops and guest lectures at secondary and tertiary level, including at the New Zealand School of Music, University of Otago, University of Auckland, Music and Audio Institute of NZ, UNITEC, schools and throughout the music industry.