Ryan Caparella is a Chicago-area violinist and violist. Ryan is an active freelancer, and is on the faculty of the Western Springs School of Talent Education and Naperville Suzuki School, where he maintains a studio of 40 beginner-to-advanced students from age 3-18, and co-directs the WSSTE & NSS Summer Chamber Music Camp. Ryan also teaches privately out of his home in Oak Park. Before moving to Chicago, Ryan taught with the Elizabeth Faidley Studio in New York. In the summer, Ryan also enjoys serving on the faculty of the Atlanta Suzuki Institute.
Ryan is deeply committed to violin & viola pedagogy. Ryan completed his Long Term Training in Suzuki Pedagogy with Teri Einfeldt at The Hartt School, and has pursued additional pedagogical study with Edward Kreitman, Elizabeth Faidley, Nancy Jackson, and Doris Preucil. In 2013, Ryan was invited to present at the American String Teachers’ Association National Conference. In 2017, Ryan was a recipient of the Suzuki Association of America's Certificate of Achievement, a designation recognizing teachers with a commitment to life‐long learning and self‐improvement.
An active freelancer, Ryan toured the US and China in 2007, 2009, 2012 and 2014 as a member of The Mantovani Orchestra. Ryan has performed with a range of Grammy and Emmy nominated and winning artists, and these days can most frequently be found playing chamber music and in musical theater pits around Chicagoland.
Ryan holds a Masters of Music from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford, where he studied violin with Katie Lansdale and Elizabeth Faidley, and a Bachelors of Music from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, where he studied with Glenn Basham and Scott Flavin. Ryan attended summer chamber music festivals across the country, collaborating with talented peers under the tutelage of many accomplished artists, including current and former members of the Emerson Quartet, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Borodin Quartet.
Ryan minored in Public Relations at the University of Miami, and was fortunate to take graphic design courses with Randy Stano. Ryan continued to pursue an interest in design through college and graduate school, serving as de facto designer for many organizations and ensembles he particiated in. Ryan continues to enjoy freelance graphic design work as time allows, and serves as the in-house designer and webmaster at the Western Springs School of Talent Education and Naperville Suzuki School. In an intersection of Ryan's lives as a graphic designer and Suzuki teacher, Ryan was honored to design the the cover of the September 2020 issue of the American Suzuki Journal.