Ryan Formato


Date of Birth: February 27, 1984

Influences: Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Jason Becker, Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, Rusty Cooley, Michael Angelo Batio, Jeff Denny & more!

Biography: Ryan Formato was born in Brooklyn, NY at the age of 5.  He picked up the guitar at the age of fourteen and seroiusly became interested after hearing local guitar virtuoso Jeff Denny playing “Cliffs of Dover,” by Eric Johnson.  Ryan has been playing the guitar religiously for 25 years.  

At the age of 18 years old, Ryan competed in Guitar Center’s Guitarmageddon competition in 2002 and made it all the way to the Regional Finals and then competed again in 2004 and won the East Coast Regional Finals in Florida and would later go to Dallas, Texas to play in the National Finals.  Ryan made it to become one of the top 6 guitarists in the country out of 3,500 contestants and played to a crowd of 15,000 people sharing the stage with many of music’s finest players at the Eric Clapton Crossroads Festival.  

At this festival, Ryan also landed his endorsement deal with string giant Dean Marklet.  At the age of 18, Ryan Formato released his first demo entitled, “Out of This World.”  With basically no budget, Ryan was driven to put out something to the world.  He recorded his songs in his basement studio and released his music to the world.  Inspired to create something better, Ryan began to invest his time honing his technique further and learning how to record to put out a full release album.  This came to fruition in 2010 when Ryan Formato released his first studio release, “Rise From the Dead.”  Ryan Formato has now had numerous releases and has even done guest solo work with major artists on the Lost Symphony III album.  His songs are inspired by his life, family, wife, and children.  

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