Ryan Klein, Associate Principal Oboe

Question and Answer

Do you have any performance rituals?Ryan Klein

I stretch before each performance, drink a lot of water during performances, and look out at the audience to see how people are reacting to the show.

What would you consider to be the perfect classical concert program?

An evening of short but exciting works for those of us with short attention spans: Prokofiev: Classical Symphony, Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin, Barber: Symphony No. 1, Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9

Other than performances with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, where can we catch you performing around town?

In recital at St. Andrews Cathedral with their music director and organist, John Renke.

What would you be doing if you weren’t a musician?

I would have pursued another passion that I briefly worked toward: coaching ice hockey at the college or professional level.

What was your earliest musical memory?

Seeing The Ramones play a backyard cook-out at the upstate NY radio station Radio Woodstock, approximately at the age of 4.

What do you think is the greatest misconception about classical music?

That it’s for dull, boring people.  Classical concerts are exciting and are great with friends or a date.

What is your favorite stress reliever?

Weight-lifting.

More about Ryan Klein

Ryan Klein, of Verbank, NY, has been acting associate principal oboe of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra since 2014.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College (and was a Filene Fellow of the music department), a Master of Music from Mannes College of Music, and a Performance Studies Certificate from the Bard College Conservatory of Music.

His appearances as concerto soloist include the Bach Double Concerto for Oboe and Violin with the Lake George Chamber Orchestra, Harold Farberman’s Impressions with members of Contemporaneous, and the Haydn Oboe Concerto with the Skidmore College Orchestra.  Ryan has given solo recitals across New England and Honolulu.  Orchestras he has played with include the New York City Ballet Orchestra, the Schenectady Symphony (NY), The New Opera (MA), Hubbard Hall Opera Theater (NY), and the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra (CT).  Ryan was also a member of Nat Osborn and the Free Radicals, a rock band that toured the Northeast US from 2006-2009.

As a new Hawaii resident, Ryan is learning to surf, and is amassing an impressive collection of aloha shirts.  His off-season summers are spent fishing, hiking, playing ice hockey, and playing principal oboe for the Hubbard Hall Opera Theater.

Ryan’s many teachers have included Elaine Douvas, Richard Dallessio, Alexandra Knoll, Nicholas Stovall, Arthur Sato, Gene Marie Green, and Cheryl Bishkoff.