Biography

Rylan Gleave (b.1997) is a composer and vocalist from the north of England, currently based in Glasgow, Scotland.

His compositions have recently included pieces for d/Deaf actors in morality-tale style narratives, chamber works about navigating neurodiversity, defiantly Queer sound art, duets for out-of-tune piano and snoring, and relaxed concert music for children with Additional Support Needs.

Recent successes have included a commission from Nevis Ensemble, for their Year of Coasts and Waters Tour, 2020 premiered on BBC Radio Scotland, two new commissions for sound Scotland, and two new works for Red Note Ensemble. He was also awarded 2nd Prize in the Septet category of The Diversity Initiative Call for Scores, and an Honourable Mention in the Trio Category. Additionally, concert Diversions, in which commissioned work Permanent Address had its world premiere, was awarded The RCS Award for Making it Happen and The ISM Music Prize for Collaborations in the Scottish New Music Awards, 2020.

Rylan has been fortunate enough to work with The Cumnock Tryst, Composers+ Academy, DaDaFest, Drake Music Scotland, Live Music Now, MusicALL, Hebrides Ensemble, Red Note Ensemble, Nevis Ensemble, Sonic Bothy, National Theatre of Scotland, National Youth Dance Company of Scotland, Any Enemy Ensemble, sound Scotland, and RCS MusicLab. He was awarded the Kimie Composition Award in 2018-19, and the Dinah and Walter Wolfe Memorial Award in 2019.

He performs as lead vocalist with theatrical black metal band Ashenspire, and as a live and recording artist for contemporary vocal works. He also sings as a baritone with Wellington Church Choir, in the West End of Glasgow. After recording vocals for Adam for National Theatre of Scotland, Rylan was interviewed by the BBC alongside Harrison Knights about LGBTQIA+, especially trans representation in music.

Rylan is currently studying a Master of Music degree with Linda Buckley at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, supported by an RCS Trust scholarship, and The Glasgow Educational and Marshall Trust, after graduating from his Bachelor of Music Degree with First Class Honours. He is currently working on a new piece co-commissioned by sound and Red Note Ensemble, and will be taking part in Psappha's Composing for...'cello and piano scheme this year.

 
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