Well-known fiddle player and multi-instrumentalist, Ryan Joseph, has been performing since he was 2 1/2 years old. Born in a small town outside of Pittsburgh, PA, he began playing violin with his Grandfather (who was also a fiddler) and his family’s polka band. Ryan was featured in this band and was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2004. Ryan appeared on Live with Regis and Kathie Lee when he was just 11 years old- singing and playing several instruments including fiddle, saxophone, guitar, bass, and piano. After losing his Dad unexpectedly in 2006, Ryan decided to take time to pursue his musical passion and moved to Nashville in 2007 to chase his dream.
Ryan currently tours with country music legend, Alan Jackson, playing fiddle, mandolin, and singing harmony vocals. He has also performed, toured, or recorded with artists such as Billy Ray Cyrus, Jimmy Buffett, Laura Bell Bundy, Jimmy Fortune, Craig Morgan, Jamie O’Neal, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Bonnie Raitt, Lee Ann Womack, Zac Brown, Dierks Bentley, Chris Cagle, Kacey Musgraves, Brad Paisley, Kellie Pickler, Marty Stuart, and Carrie Underwood.
"He's a good one, y'all...we're glad to have him up here!"
He has toured all over the world including the United States, Europe, Australia, South America, and on Caribbean and Alaskan cruises. Performance credits include the CMA Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards, ACM Honors, Good Morning America, the Today Show, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Late Show with David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The View, Live with Kelly and Michael, Fox and Friends, Army Wives, ABC’s Nashville, and many times on the Grand ‘Ole Opry.
With an undergraduate degree in Music Education from Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA) and a Master's degree in Instrumental Pedagogy from Belmont University (Nashville, TN), Ryan is now also a professor at the Belmont University School of Music, where he teaches commercial and classical violin and is the Bluegrass Ensemble Director. Additionally, he is a national clinician for Eastman Music Company and a frequent guest clinician at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Ryan always aims to sincerely communicate his love of music and the violin, and make a positive difference in the lives of his audiences and students. Ryan has been blessed to have many professional dreams come true throughout his life and loves to see the dreams of others also come true. He continues to draw audiences around the world and performs with the musical ideals that were given to him by his Grandfather, and the moral and personal ideals that were given to him by God, his parents, family, and friends.