Ryo Usami

"The President's Own" White House US Marine Band

Japanese-American violinist Ryo Usami is a member of "The President's Own" US Marine Band in Washington DC where he performs regularly at the White House, and is also the principal second violin of the Santa Barbara Symphony in California. Ryo has also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Hollywood Studio Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, Charleston Symphony, and Harrisburg Symphony.

As a violinist and violist, Ryo has performed alongside members of the Brentano Quartet, Meliora Quartet, Orion Quartet, National Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic, and has appeared in masterclasses led by the Gil Shaham, Johnny Gandelsman, Rainer Kuchl, Gordon Nikolic, Stephan Picard, and the Dover, Juilliard, Borromeo, and Ying Quartets.

During the summers, Ryo has participated as a violinist in the Colorado Music Festival, Orchestra of the Americas, Dali Quartet International Music Festival, Festival Napa Valley, Pacific Music Festival, and Aurora Chamber Music Festival in Sweden. As an instructor, he taught at the Chamber Music Institute in Maine from 2008 to 2016 and joined their Japan Tour in 2018. In 2022, Ryo will join the faculty of "Quartet Intensive" in Sofia, Bulgaria, as well as the Varna International Music Academy in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Ryo received a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory where he was a member of the honors string quartet. Notable instructors and mentors include Ayano Ninomiya, Violaine Melancon, Simeon Simeonov, and Akiko Hirose Silver. Ryo is an avid supporter of contemporary instrument making and proudly performs on a violin made by Gabrielle Kundert and a bow made by Benoit Rolland.