Rylan Gleave is a classically trained composer and vocalist working now in experimental and divergent fields. He explores the instrumental qualities of his late-breaking trans-masc voice through queer autoethnography, and autistic-specific notation. His compositions have been praised as ‘haunting’ by The Herald, and ‘rapturous’ by The Scotsman, who named him ‘One to Watch’ 2021, describing him as ‘one of the brightest lights in Scotland’s new music scene’.
Rylan is a member of Paraorchestra, JACK Studio (2020-22), Ashenspire, and The Musician’s Company (2020-25), where he was awarded the Silver Medal 2020. Currently, he is developing his practice on the Royal Philharmonic Society's Composers Programme, Sound and Music's New Voices, and Oxford Contemporary Music (OCM)'s BOOM residency, with dear friend and collaborator Simone Seales. He is working as an Embedded Musician with Chamber Music Scotland in the East of Scotland.
His recent projects have included new notes; better days, working with Cox's Bazar Rohingya Refugee Musicians in Bangladesh, after receiving a British Council Unlimited Micro Award: and KITH, nominated for Forecast Edition 6, Berlin, where he received mentoring from composer/performer Sofia Jernberg. He was awarded the Cromarty Arts Trust Student Residency Prize 2021, alongside Rory Green, and released EP Lawn Crypt following the month there.
As a live and recording artist for contemporary vocal works, Rylan also holds an ABRSM Teaching Diploma, and is in-demand as a vocal tutor with experience of navigating a late-breaking voice. He aims to facilitate other trans/neurodivergent singers to reclaim their voices through creative noise-making, and runs accessible workshops throughout Central Scotland and online worldwide.
Internationally, Crossing Borders Music, Momenta Dance Company, newEar Chamber Ensemble, The Diversity Initiative, and No Divide KC have featured his music. In the UK, Rylan has been commissioned by Shadwell Opera, CRIPtic Festival, the West End Festival, soundfestival, DaDaFest, Red Note Ensemble, Hebrides Ensemble, and Nevis Ensemble, and has worked with Live Music Now, Drake Music Scotland, Glasgow New Music Expedition, National Youth Dance Company of Scotland, The Night With…, Psappha Ensemble, and The Cumnock Tryst. His string quartet in waves was shortlisted to represent Scotland at ISCM Word Music Days 2021 – Shanghai and Nanning, and his work Walrus (text by Elizabeth Foster) was published in NewMusic Shelf’s Anthology of New Music for Trans and Nonbinary voices, Vol. 1.
He holds a Master of Music degree with tuition from Linda Buckley from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 2021, where he graduated with The Craig Armstrong Prize, and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Composition Prize, and was supported by The Kenneth Barrett Scholarship from the RCS Trust, a Dewar Arts Award, and The Glasgow Educational and Marshall Trust. He completed his Bachelor of Music Degree with David Fennessy, graduating with First Class Honours, The Dinah and Walter Wolfe Memorial Award, and The Kimie Composition Prize in 2019, following his training as a mezzo-soprano at Chetham’s School of Music.