photo by Sakurako Kanemitsu
Ryan Suleiman was born to Lebanese and American parents in California. His music engages with daydreams, the natural world, and the understated beauty of everyday life through resonant sonorities and lively shifting rhythmic structures. His one-act chamber opera, Moon, Bride, Dogs, was described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “a gem” with “an aesthetic that is at once so strange and so accessible.” While his artistic interests vary, much of his music engages with the natural world and the simultaneity of beauty and dread that characterizes our moment of ecological crisis.
Suleiman was three times a Finalist in the ASCAP Young Composer Awards, has received two first prizes from the FeNAM Student Composers Competition, and his music has been performed at several festivals, including SICPP at New England Conservatory, June in Buffalo and the North American New Opera Workshop (Atlanta). He has collaborated on performances and commissions with numerous ensembles, including West Edge Opera, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Calder Quartet, Rogue Music Project, Ensemble Mise-en, Ensemble Dal Niente, Symphony d’Oro, Camerata Capistrano, and the Sacramento State Symphony-Orchestra, among many others. His piano cycle, Under Moonlight, was recorded by Jai Jeffryes in his solo album, Amethyst, distributed by Naxos.
Recent project include two short “sister” operas, an orchestra piece called Burning, a set of miniatures for string quartet called Thought Bubbles, and a piano concerto (in progress). He is a Ph.D. candidate in Composition/Theory at University of California, Davis, where he received a Provost Fellowship.