Ryan studied piano at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with Nadia Boulanger alumnus, Norman Beedie. Alongside his classical studies, Ryan studied traditional music with Mary McCarthy and Hamish Napier, and jazz piano with Euan Stevenson. He has performed internationally with such celebrated artists as Pixie Lott, Susan Boyle, Christina Bianco, Jai McDowall, Mica Paris, Barbara Dickson and Eddi Reader, and played keyboard on a number of West End and touring shows, including Les MisérablesGuys and DollsStarlight ExpressWest Side Story, and Mary Poppins.