Ben Rieke (b. 2000) is a composer and pianist from Naperville, Illinois. He recently graduated from Indiana University with BM's in music composition and piano performance, as well as a B.S. in computer science. He studied composition with P.Q. Phan, David Dzubay, Claude Baker and Don Freund as well as piano with Roberto Plano. He has previously won awards from Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, ASCAP, Tribeca New Music and NYC's Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, and has participated in masterclasses with Georg Friedrich Haas, Du Yun, and David Ludwig. Ensembles that have performed Ben's work include JACK quartet, Wet Ink Ensemble, Bent Frequency, the Resonance Collective, Brightwork Ensemble, and the Indiana University Concert Orchestra. Festivals attended include New Music on the Point, Red Note Composition Workshop, and Remusik.org in St. Petersburg, Russia. He is currently enrolled in Juilliard's MM composition program, studying with Andrew Norman.
I want to break down the two aspects of composition that I am most certain of—my affinity for music as a medium and my need to communicate—into their essential parts, both so I can better understand the possible utility of my art and more effectively craft my work to such ends. I attempt to begin the work of paring down musically by choices of material, process, and subject that I feel to be "atomic"; exploring relationships that emerge in these highly controlled environments between individual and ensemble, moment and time, connotation and expression, composer and audience.