Of Japanese and Serbo-Croatian heritage, flutist Ryu Cipris freelances in New York City. He has worked with The New York Pops, Riverside Symphony, Queens Symphony, and New Jersey Festival Orchestra in venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Morgan Library and Museum, and Brooklyn Academy of Music. Ryu is a frequent substitute on Broadway’s The Lion King playing over a dozen international flutes, and spent several years touring North America as contracted flutist with the 25th Anniversary tour of Les Misérables.
Ryu studied with Marieke Schneemann and Marina Piccinini at the Amsterdam Conservatory and Peabody Institute, respectively. During his time in The Netherlands, he won the Dutch International Flute Competition and was mentored by Reinbert de Leeuw and Heinz Holliger as a member of ASKO/Schönberg’s Ligeti Academy. He was a featured orchestral principal at Suntory Hall in Tokyo and the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam under conductors Alan Gilbert and Otto Tausk.