Winner and finalist in competitions including the Gillet International Bassoon Competition and the ARD International Music Competition in Munich, Bryan has performed as soloist with the Baltimore Symphony and the National Symphony Orchestra. The Washington Post writes that his playing ‘dances with a lightness and grace uncommon for his instrument,’ and the Baltimore Sun has praised his ‘particularly beautiful playing, technical agility and understated elegance.’ Bryan tours the US and internationally as bassoonist for the Poulenc Trio. Bryan serves as the principal bassoonist of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and is a former member of the IRIS Orchestra in Memphis. Bryan studied at the Peabody Conservatory with Linda Harwell and at Yale with Frank Morelli.
As a musical collaborator and chamber musician, Bryan has toured and performed with violinist Hilary Hahn, clarinetists Anthony McGill, Alexander Fiterstein, and David Shifrin, soprano Hyunah Yu, Guggenheim- winning poet Lia Purpura, and appeared with legendary jazz-leader Cab Calloway in his final performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Bryan has premiered new works written for him by composers Octavio Vazquez, Steven Gerber, Thomas Benjamin and David Fetter, in addition to more than 25 new works he co-commissioned and premiered with the Poulenc Trio.
Bryan has served on the faculties at Morgan State University and Washington Adventist University. He has been invited as featured lecturer and given masterclasses and workshops at NYU, Princeton, Tulane, Loyola University, Ohio State University, Rutgers, Brigham Young University, University of Texas, University of Arizona, University of Georgia, University of Kentucky, San Francisco State University, Regents University, MD Institute College of Art (MICA), and Towson University. He is a recipient of the Yale Alumni Ventures Grant and the UNCF Award for Excellence.
In addition to his musical activities, Bryan is the former leader of Intertwine Systems, a healthcare and educational software company that he founded. At Intertwine, Bryan was featured on the front page of the Baltimore Business Journal as a mobile software entrepreneur to watch. As a technologist, Bryan worked with the State of Maryland in collaboration with the University of Maryland and the Alvin Toffler Institute to develop iPad-based software for cardiologists, and with the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in conjunction with the government of Trinidad and Tobago to develop new research tools for endocrinologists. Bryan is a former partner and technology advisor to SailTime, a global recreational sailing company, chief technologist at JobJybe, an Austin-based startup focused on business communications, and currently the Director of Healthcare Strategy for Asymmetrik Ltd, a Maryland-based software company.
Bryan serves as vice president of the board of directors of the Candlelight Concert Society in Columbia, MD, and is a frequent guest on Maryland's WBJC-FM radio show, Face the Music. Bryan writes periodically about music, medicine, culture and technology at his blog, Amalgamated Humanity.