Ryan Suleiman


Ryan Suleiman, a composer and pianist based in Sacramento, is currently a PhD candidate at University of California Davis, where he also works as Associate Instructor and Teaching Assistant in the music department. In 2015 he received a Provost Fellowship from UC Davis and in 2013 he graduated with his Bachelor of Music magna cum laude from Sacramento State. He has taught piano, composition, and music theory at Pacific Institute of Music since 2011. 

Ryan was twice a Finalist in the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards and has received two first prizes from the Festival of New American Music (FeNAM) Student Composers Competition. He has collaborated with numerous performers, including Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Calder Quartet, Citywater, the Sacramento State Symphony-Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and Camerata Capistrano. His music has been performed in several festivals around the country, including SICPP (New England Conservatory), Hot Air Festival (San Francisco Conservatory of Music), and June in Buffalo (U at Buffalo). His piano cycle, Under Moonlight, was recorded by Jai Jeffryes in his solo album, Amethyst.

Ryan’s music aims to explore new worlds both sonically and expressively, incorporating “impressionistic textures and large melodic gestures” (SF Classical Voice), resonant sonorities, and lively, shifting rhythmic structures. He is deeply inspired by the wonder of natural world and the beauty and complexity of everyday life. 

Past projects include concert-length pieces such as Heartstrings, commissioned by the Hawkins School for the Performing Arts (for dancers), and The Red Velvet Violin, for narrator, puppets, and orchestra, commissioned by Angelo Moreno at Davis High School. In addition to numerous large ensemble, chamber, and solo works, he has also written a “neo-Baroque Suite” called Anachronistic Visions, and is currently working on a small-scale opera in collaboration with writer Cristina Fríes and the vocal/piano collective Rogue Music Project. 

Mr. Suleiman has studied with composers Stephen Blumberg, Leo Eylar, Kurt Rohde, Mika Pelo, Ross Bauer, Pablo Ortiz, and Laurie San Martin.