Ryan Hirokawa is an oboist currently based in Austin, TX. Ryan has performed in a variety of settings, ranging from principal oboe in orchestras to chamber music outreach. He has performed with ensembles such as the Victoria Symphony, Central Texas Philharmonic, and the contemporary music group Sound Map Ensemble to name a few. Ryan has also attended the Marrowstone Music Festival, and Sewanee Summer Music Festival.
Along with being a performing artist, Ryan is very passionate about music education. In past summers he has served as an assistant oboe clinician at the Pacific Music Institute, and has taught oboe lessons at various schools in his hometown of Honolulu, Hawai’i. Ryan currently has a growing private studio, teaching primarily in Bastrop ISD and the Austin area.
Ryanis is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in Oboe Performance at the University of Texas at Austin, where he also serves as the Teaching Assistant to the oboe studio. He previously received a Master of Music (MM) from UT Austin, and a Bachelor of Music (BM) from the University of Michigan. Ryan’s primary teachers include Andrew Parker, Nancy Ambrose King, and Susan Ochi-Onishi.
When not playing the oboe Ryan enjoys working out, catching up on the NBA, cheering for Michigan Football, and reminiscing about surfing back home in Hawai'i.