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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, 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, 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 with music by Rhian Sheehan. Currently Ryan is the music coordinator for a new musical to open in October 2018 at SkyCity Theatre in Auckland, ‘City of a Hundred Lovers’ with music by Tom McLeod.

Ryan has a masters degree in composition from the NZ School of Music, and as a composer is regularly commissioned. His music has enjoyed success in concert halls and at film festivals, including Cannes and Austin. He currently holds the position of Kaitito Pāpori – the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Communities Composer. He has a passion for the art and craft of written music, for collaboration and realising the ideas of others, and for bringing out the best in any piece of music.

Ryan is a qualified music educator and sought after 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. Ryan is also an experienced conductor, adjudicator, orchestral musician and music librarian – all bringing valuable insight to his work.


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I am incredibly proud to have earned 350+ professional credits, including working with / creating music for / on the music of:

ENSEMBLES – New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, London Metropolitan Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Lunapark Ensemble (Holland), Budapest Scoring Orchestra (Hungary), Ensemble Offspring (Sydney), Dutch Radio Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Omega Ensemble, Australia Chamber Orchestra, Sphaera Ensemble (Brazil), Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra (Beijing), Vienna Saxophonic Orchestra, Gruppetto Quartet (Greece), STROMA, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Southern Sinfonia, Auckland Symphony Orchestra, NZTrio, Christchurch Civic Choir, Woolston Brass, Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra

COMPOSERS – Victoria Kelly, Anthony Ritchie, Jack Body, Mahuia Bridgman-Cooper, Lyell Cresswell, Wlad Marhulets, Eve de Castro-Robinson, Gareth Farr, Ross Harris, Tecwyn Evans, Leonie Holmes, Rhian Sheehan, Jenny McLeod, Gillian Whitehead, Samuel Holloway, John Psathas, Dugal McKinnon, Claire Cowan, Ben Hoadley, John Ritchie, Malcolm Spears, Michael Norris, Bjørn Norvall (Norway), Dorothy Buchanan

PUBLISHERS & ORGANISATIONS – G. Schirmer, Massey University Press, New Zealand Choral Federation, SOUNZ (Centre for New Zealand Music), MENZA/NZ Music Commission, New Zealand Qualifications Authority, Radio New Zealand Concert, Auckland School of Rock, Air New Zealand

MUSICIANS & ARTISTS – Neil Finn, Sol3 Mio, Dave Dobbyn, Geoff Sewell (Amici Forever), Ruby Frost, Tama Waipara, Brooke Fraser, Bic Runga, John Rowles, Esther Stephens, Mark Vanilau, Luca Manghi, Richard Haynes, Andrew Uren, Gretchen La Roche, Judy Bellingham, Horomona Horo

EVENTS, FESTIVALS & THEME PARKS – Rugby World Cup and Pan Arab Games opening ceremonies, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Cannes Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, New Zealand International Arts Festival, Auckland Arts Festival, New Zealand International Film Festival, Synthony: A Generation of Dance Music