Ulla Ryman

Member of the orchestra since 2014. On leave.

Ulla Ryman has been a member of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra since 2014. Prior to that, she worked with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. She has also been a solo bassist with Musica Vitae and section leader with the Uppsala Chamber Orchestra, and she has worked for longer periods with ensembles including the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala in Milan, Norwegian Radio Orchestra and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. At the age of sixteen, she played her first note on the double bass and at twenty-two, she was hired by the Royal Swedish Orchestra at the Royal Swedish Opera.

Ryman is deeply interested in new music and was one of the founding members of Norrbotten NEO. She enjoys playing contemporary chamber music and has participated in the Baltic Sea Festival and Konserthuset’s Composer Festival, and appeared with KammarensembleN. Daniel Nelson composed a double bass concerto for Ryman, of which she gave the premiere performance in 2014. On several occasions she has performed Nino Rota’s Divertimento Concertante, including with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and the Uppsala Chamber Orchestra.

In 2003, Ulla Ryman won second place in the Bottesini competition (Concorso Internazionale Giovanni Bottesini) in Crema, Italy. At the finale she played Bottesini’s second double bass concerto with the orchestra. She holds a soloist degree from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and a Premier prix de Virtuosité from the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Genève. She has also participated in master classes with Anner Bylsma, Michael Wolf, Alberto Bocini and Franco Petracchi, as well as Learning Methods with Bodil Rummelhof. Ryman enjoys teaching and often coaches musicians before challenging tasks.

Ryman plays a small Italian pear-shaped bass from the eighteenth century, ”una pera”.