About Me

After spending an eye opening summer in Graz, Austria in 2012, I looked down on the idyllic village through my airplane window and said "I'm not done with you yet, I'll be back!" I had completely fall in love with the "other side of the pond," and was determined to live abroad. I had no particular destination in mind - I just knew I would be happy if I was sitting in an orchestra. 

I dedicated the entire second year of my masters degree to this goal. I had a big map of Europe hanging in my room and thought about it everyday. I applied for many orchestras and orchestral academies in Europe that I never got to audition for because of timing with school or my part-time job (playing principal flute in the Des Moines Symphony). Finally, I got an invitation to audition for the Lahti Symphony Orchestra and it was during the first week of spring break when I had nothing to do (fate?) and even though it was less than two weeks away, flights were cheap (flying to the North Pole in winter is cheap, who knew?) so I went for it. The rest is history! I moved to Finland in July of 2013 and never looked back. 

If you wish to learn more about my professional career please visit my website www.EvaRyan.net.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Eva,

    I am a television producer working on the US travel show 'House Hunters International'. We are looking for English speaking expats who have moved to Finland within the last 2 years or so... I wonder if you might like to share your story?

    House Hunters International is a half-hour TV show currently airing on the Home and Garden Television Network (HGTV) in America. The series is designed to de-mystify the international home-buying / renting process, by going behind the scenes of a house hunt where expats and their real estate agents tour 3 homes. At its core, House Hunters International is a travel show concentrating on the idiosyncrasies of the locales and what makes them special and different.

    Here are some links to show you what our show is all about! https://vimeo.com/75803046

    Here are some examples of the show that you can watch on Youtube:


    We would love to film in Finland again so please get in touch if you might be interested in finding out more!

    Best wishes,


    Michelle James
    1-3 St Peter's Street, London N1 8JD - +44 20 7704 3300