Ryu Cipris is a first generation American-born flutist. He has been a guest principal with the New Haven Symphony, Greenwich Symphony, and New Jersey Festival Orchestra, a soloist with the Queens Symphony, and piccoloist with Opera Saratoga. Ryu performs at major venues in NYC—as a frequent substitute with The Lion King on Broadway for the past decade, and with The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Christmas Spectacular. On TV, he worked on HBO’s The Gilded Age.
Born to emigrants from Japan and the former Yugoslavia, Ryu earned degrees from the Peabody Institute in Baltimore and Conservatorium van Amsterdam in Holland. He won the Dutch International Flute Competition and Yamaha Young Performing Artist national auditions whilst studying with Marieke Schneemann and Marina Piccinini; immediately following grad school, Ryu spent years on the road with the 25th anniversary tour of Les Misérables where he met his husband, percussionist Eric Borghi.
Ryu plays the final 10 karat instrument made by Powell Flutes.