Campbell Ryga was born in 1961 in Edmonton and was raised in Summerland, BC, where he lived until moving to Vancouver to pursue private and post-secondary studies. Campbell has resided in Vancouver, Toronto, and New York.
Mr. Ryga was honoured to have received the Jazz Report Magazine Award of Canada’s Alto Saxophonist of the Year 2000 presented to him at the annual Jazz Report Awards Ceremony held in Toronto in May of the year 2000. Mr. Ryga has received three Juno Awards, with two additional nominations, as well as a Grammy nomination. He appeared on Michael Buble's recording Crazy Love which received a Grammy Award in 2010. Campbell Ryga’s recordings have twice received the Western Canadian Music Award in the Jazz category.
Campbell has toured internationally on 26 occasions, primarily to Western Europe and to Latin America, notably to the Havana International Jazz Festival, where he has been invited to perform in six consecutive years. Mr. Ryga is a founding member of the internationally acclaimed Hugh Fraser Quintet, an All Star Award Winning Canadian Jazz Quintet to which Campbell has had a long term association. On top of his international touring schedule, Campbell has also been involved in cross country Canadian touring on 24 separate occasions.
Campbell is in demand as an adjudicator and as a clinician with Yamaha Canada. Mr. Ryga has sat on the Jury Boards for The British Columbia Arts Council and The Canada Council for the Arts and is currently on faculty at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Mr. Ryga has received the honor of having been placed on the British Columbia Secondary School District 67 Wall of Fame for excellence in his field. In 2010, Mr. Ryga was inducted to the Envision Jazz Festival Hall of Fame in honour of his accomplishments as a performer.