School of Music

Ryan Hardcastle


Violist and writer, Ryan Hardcastle maintains a varied career as a performer, teacher, and music historian. Ryan recently completed his DMA in Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music where he was Teaching Assistant to Masumi Rostad. 

Prior to Eastman School, Ryan studied at Indiana University-Jacobs School of Music (with Rostad) and at the University of North Texas, where he was the Teaching Fellow of Dr. Susan Dubois. Ryan completed his Bachelor of Music from Missouri State University, magna cum laude, under the tutelage of Dr. Amy Muchnick. As an undergraduate, Ryan was a National Finalist in the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist competition as well as the Chamber division with the White String Quartet. As most childhood teachers are absent in biographies, Ryan is especially thankful for his preparatory studies with Dr. Susie Thierbach.

In recent years, Ryan has dedicated his attention to unknown works from the former Soviet Union. These lectures and recitals have resulted in the American premiere of works by Schnittke, Weinberg, Grigori Frid, Volkonsky, and Druzhinin. As a two-time Presser Grant recipient, Ryan is currently at work on a book titled, 1985: A Year of Triumph and Trauma in the Life of Alfred Schnittke. The book explores aspects of memory, cerebrovascular disease, and refreshing discussions of Schnittke’s music including his Viola Concerto, Cello Concerto No. 1, Concerto for Mixed Chorus, String Trio, and Concerto Grosso No. 3.

School of Music Responsibilities

  • Applied Viola
  • Music History
  • Music Theory


  • Eastman School of Music, D.M.A.
  • University of North Texas, M.M.
  • Missouri State University, B.M.