Ryan Johnston is a St. Paul based composer. One of his main interests is writing chamber music. He strives to create beautiful things no matter the complexity and to reach out to audiences. His music is influenced by many things including nature, everyday experiences, and french classical music. He attended JCI where his music was played by the Artaria String Quartet. He is currently a senior at the University of Minnesota. He studies music composition with Edie Hill. When not writing music, Ryan enjoys reading, playing piano, and taking long walks in the Twin Cities area.