Nathan Ryland, a native of Richardson, TX, began playing piano at the age of five, studying with Dr. Grace Long from age six through high school. He progressed quickly, and was soon winning numerous local competitions. He advanced to larger competitions, eventually winning the state and regional levels of the MTNA performance contest during his senior year of high school, competing as a finalist at the 2013 National Conference.
Nathan was selected as the second place winner of the BMC Piano Competition at the Brevard Music Center in the summer of 2014, as well as a winner of the Jan and Beattie Wood Concerto Competition, playing his debut with the Brevard Music Center Orchestra. He also competed in the Budapest Concert Division of the LA International Liszt Competition, receiving third prize.
Nathan was selected as the piano winner of the 2014-2015 UNT Concerto Competition, earning a performance with the UNT Symphony Orchestra. The following weekend, Nathan participated in the Dallas International Piano Competition, making his way to the final round. Nathan was also chosen to compete as a finalist in the first Texas State International Piano Competition.