Dylan Rieck is a cellist, composer, and music teacher, currently residing in Portland, OR. As a member of Balmorhea, The Crying Shame, Stop Thief! and others he has played nearly 1,000 concerts all over the U.S. and in 15 countries around the world. He has appeared as both performer and arranger on over 40 albums spanning a wide range of musical styles. He has contributed original music to TV, film, and video games.
Dylan Rieck started cello lessons at the age of five in Bellingham, Washington. A few years later he began improvising under the direction of a local folk musician. These set early precedents for Dylan's enthusiasm for both classical and popular styles of music. In high school, he began working for Western Washington University accompanying modern dance classes, honing improvisation skills with other musicians and starting a relationship between original music and dance choreography that continues today.
While attending the University of Washington, Dylan studied theory and history while earning a B.A. in Music along with sharpening his skills by acquiring a B.M. in Cello Performance. During his undergraduate period, he was the principal cellist of the University of Washington Orchestra and winner of the University Concerto Competition. Also during this time, he continued collaborating with choreographers and played cello in bands of many styles. Dylan attended the University of Texas where he pursued a Master's Degree in Cello Performance and received an award for 'Outstanding Master's Recital' for his performance of both Haydn C and D Concerti with chamber orchestra.
As a composer and arranger, Dylan Rieck defies categorization as he synthesizes the many genres that he embraces. He is the composer in residence for The Offshore Project, a modern dance ensemble. Their show, 'The Buffoon' was runner up for the grand prize in the On the Boards A.W.A.R.D. show. He's been involved in a long running set of collaborations with Rainbow Fletcher of Seattle-based Hypernova, a contemporary dance company and mathematician, painter, sculptor, Michael Schultheis. Their collaboration has been recognized by the National Academy of Sciences.
As a performer, Dylan has played over 1,000 concerts all over the U.S. and in 15 countries around the world. He's played regularly in the bands Balmorhea, the Crying Shame, Stop Thief! and others. He has appeared as a performer or arranger on over 40 albums spanning a wide range of musical styles. His varied experience and talent at playing by ear allow him to work quickly and effiicently to adapt to any musical setting. Dylan is currently residing in Portland, OR, with his family.