headshot jefferson.jpg

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 am most interested in the ways in which easily perceptible gestures and less visible architectural processes can be integrated into single coherent musical objects. Following from this is an enthusiasm for exploring and manipulating the relationships between individual player and ensemble, musical material and form, stylistic connotation and extant expression, etc. Other aesthetic influences include bends toward rock and rapid Internet-age flows of information.

(longer resume)