photo by Sakurako Kanemitsu
Ryan Suleiman was born to Lebanese and American parents in Sacramento. His music engages with daydreams, the natural world, and the understated beauty of everyday life through resonant sonorities, lively shifting rhythmic structures, and “impressionistic textures” (SF Classical Voice). While his interests vary, much of his music attempts to make sense of humanity’s place in a world increasingly threatened by ecological collapse, and foster a sense of awe and reverence for it. He is also inspired by the music of Messiaen, Takemitsu, and St. Vincent.
Suleiman was twice 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 (2018), June in Buffalo (2016), and Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium (2014). He has collaborated on performances and commissions with numerous ensembles, including Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Calder Quartet, Ensemble Mise-en, West Edge Opera, Symphony d’Oro, Camerata Capistrano, the North American New Opera Workshop (NANOworks), and the Davis High Symphony-Orchestra, among others. Recent projects include a 30-minute dance work, Heartstrings for piano quartet commissioned by the Hawkins School for the Performing Arts, a small “opera-song,” and a set of miniatures for string quartet called Thought Bubbles.
Ryan earned his B.M. at Sacramento State and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Composition/Theory at University of California Davis. His teachers have been Stephen Blumberg, Leo Eylar, Kurt Rohde, Mika Pelo, Ross Bauer, Pablo Ortiz, and Laurie San Martin.
He resides in Sacramento with his wife / musical collaborator, two cats, and onebrowndog. He enjoys long walks, good food, and the films of Hayao Miyazaki.