Cello Fellow

Ryan Donohue

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Ryan Donohue was born into a music family; his mother is a professional violist. He began his musical studies at the young age of three but did not begin studying the cello until age four, after briefly studying violin.

Beginning in high school, Mr. Donohue attended Cincinnati’s famous School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA), the first K-12 art school in the country. At SCPA, he had the privilege of working with members of the Cincinnati Symphony, and was exposed to master classes with musicians from a variety of genres, from Branford Marsalis to Gil Shaham.
Performing across the United States, Japan, and Europe in orchestral, solo, and chamber music settings, Mr. Donohue has appeared in renowned music festivals, such as the Pacific Music Festival, the Kent/Blossom Music Festival – a partnership with the Cleveland Orchestra – and the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival. He has played with the Blue Ash/ Montgomery Symphony since early 2017.

Mr. Donohue received his bachelor’s degree in cello performance from the University of Cincinnati: College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where he studied with Alan Rafferty. During his time at CCM, he played in master classes for Hans Jørgen Jensen, Mark Kosower, Merry Peckham, Michael Block, Matt Haimovitz, and Robert Nagy.