Ryne Siesky (b. 1996) is a Filipino-American composer, educator, and new music consultant. Described as “beautifully haunting” (Robert Avalon Competition), “attractive and inventive” (Dorothy Hindman), and “patiently evocative” (George Lewis), Ryne’s music explores the relationships between art, community, and identity. His recent works engage with Asian American identity politics and intersectionality as idiosyncratic mechanisms for musical creation and sonic processing. His music has been performed by Hypercube, Transient Canvas,
Duo Sequenza, the Sprezzatura Horn Quartet, the Braeburn Brass Quintet, Robert Black, Lindsay Garritson, Jacob Mason, Madeline Harts, and Laura Silva, among others. His music has also been featured at several festivals including the Atlantic and Charlotte New Music Festivals, Society of Composers, International Trumpet Guild, Diffrazioni, Festival DME, New York Electroacoustic Music Festival, International Computer Music Conference, and SEAMUS, among others.
Recently, Ryne was selected as a finalist for the 2021 American Prize in Instrumental Chamber Music for his work solo piano work Art Miniatures. His work for 8.1 channel fixed media "…grind…," was selected for programming at the International Computer Music Conference, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, and Simposio Internacional de Musica Nova. Additionally, his work for stereo fixed media, "[wanton hush]" was selected as an honorable mention in Ars Electronica Forum Wallis. His work for flute, guitar, and electronics, "panopticotíri" was funded by an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation CREATE Grant and was premiered by Duo Sequenza in collaboration with the Lowe Art Museum. Lastly, his research presentation “Recent Trends in Composition Calls and Competitions” was featured at the Atlantic Music Festival, Society of Composers National Student Conference, and New Music Gathering.
Ryne earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music from Virginia Commonwealth University and his Master of Music in Composition from Ohio University, studying under Robert McClure. He is currently ABD status and working towards his Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Miami - Frost School of Music. His primary teachers are Dorothy Hindman and Lansing McLoskey. Ryne is currently a member of the Society of Composers, Inc National Student Council, Author and Curator of the Charlotte New Music Opportunity Newsletter, and Co-Founder of -NESS, an upcoming composer collective. Outside of music, Ryne is an active foodie, tea connoisseur, and semi-professional racquetball player.