Ryan Silvestri is a currently a graduate assistant in violin performance at the UNCG School of Music. He graduated summa cum laude with his bachelor’s degree in music education from Florida State University in 2009. Experienced as an orchestral player, chamber musician, and recitalist, Ryan was a contracted member of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra from 2007-2009 and has served as Concertmaster of the Brevard Music Center Sinfonia under the baton of former Pittsburgh Symphony Concertmaster Andrés Cárdenes. He has performed in masterclasses for William Preucil, Hal Grossman, the Audubon String Quartet, Cliff Colnot, Stefan Hersh, and Matt Albert. Summer festivals attended include the Hot Springs Music Festival, the Brevard Music Center, and the International Music Academy Pilsen (Czech Republic). Principal teachers include Marjorie Bagley, Corinne Stillwell, Eliot Chapo, and John Wilcox.