Ryan Porchas is a violinist and graduate from California State University Northridge with his Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance/Orchestral Strings where he studied with Dr. Lorenz Gamma, head of strings at CSUN, Roberto Cani, concert master of the LA Opera, and Benjamin Jacobson, founder of the Calder Quartet. He has also studied with international artists Stefan Jackiw, and Nancy Zhou professor of violin at the San Francisco Conservatory, and Mark Kaplan, professor of violin at the Indiana Jacobs School of Music.

Ryan has been playing the violin for 17 years and has had a variety of performance experience, with notable performances at Carnegie Hall and Walt Disney Concert Hall with the Southern California Youth Philharmonic, and at the Soraya with the Northridge University orchestra.

Accompanying these experiences are additional performances as a duet with two violins, playing with various chamber groups, extensive studio work, and playing as a soloist.

In addition, Ryan is also the concertmaster of the Calvary Chapel Chino Hills orchestra and choir and has successfully led large scale concerts to an audience of thousands, and also plays regularly as a member of the Corona Symphony Orchestra where he is proud to represent his home town of Corona, California.

Ryan plays on a violin made in 2019 by his former instructor and friend Mr. Roberto Cani, and on a bow made in 1950 by John Bolander.

With a unique love for the instrument also having studied instrument maintenance and repair, Ryan provides instrument consultations to students advising them how to choose a proper instrument. Teaching his own studio of students, some of which reside across the country, Ryan has successfully aided his students with a variety of goals. Some of which include acceptance into the music programs of his alma mater California State University Northridge, acceptance to all state orchestral programs on the east coast, and acceptance to honor orchestras on the west coast.

Being a graduate of many prestigious summer music festivals such as the Idyllwild Arts Academy, Sounding Point Academy at the Colburn School, Emerald Coast Chamber Music Festival and Institute, and the Online Solo Strings Intensive, Ryan has a great deal of experience with advancing students to a high level and helping them achieve their goals great or small.

Ryan was issued his Certificate of Merit by the Music Teacher’s Association of California in 2017 and has been a certified teacher since the age of 17. Having created a personalized curriculum, Ryan will always tailor lessons to the individual needs of the student based on their experience whether they are a beginner, intermediate, or more advanced player.

Ryan is studied in all the major schools of thought of violin pedagogy including the Franco Belgian school, Russian school, and the methodologies of legendary violinists such as Ivan Galamian, Leopold Auer, and Demetrius Constantine Dounis.