B i o g r a p h y

“Transformative,” a “captivating mix of busy and sparse,” and “a crowd pleaser” according to the Boston Musical Intelligencer, Ian Wiese is a truly multifaceted award-winning composer. Currently a doctoral student at New England Conservatory of Music in composition under Michael Gandolfi, his works have been heard in places such as New York City, Boston, Charlotte, Denver, Saratoga Springs, The Walt Disney World Resort, and internationally in Oslo, Norway.


Recently, Mr. Wiese has had many performances by prominent Boston-area ensembles and other ensembles across the US. Of note are performances by Imani Winds as part of the the Mostly Modern Festival in Saratoga Springs, NY, Box Not Found as part of Box Not Found: Stories which received a City of Boston Arts Grant, Holes in the Floor Cello Quartet as part of their New England tour, guitarist Aaron Larget-Caplan as part of his New Lullaby Project, and WordSong as part of their tenth anniversary "Circus of Tygers" concert, of which he helped develop the concert. Other recent performances include the American Modern Orchestra, New England Conservatory Philharmonia, New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble, New England Conservatory Contemporary Ensemble, Duo Zonda, Beo String Quartet, Some Assembly Required, and the Ithaca New Music Collective. Upcoming performances include soprano Corrine Byrne, oboist Kemp Jernigan, and pianist Donald Berman as part of Longy's Divergent Studio, Essex Piano Trio, trumpeter Daniel Venglar, and percussionist Britton Matthews.


In the past, he has been composer-in-residence for the Ithaca College New Voices Literary Festival, where he founded the collaborative series and composed for three years. Mr Wiese was also invited to be a guest composer with the Ball State Xenharmonic Music Alliance as part of the 2018 Xenharmonic New Music Showcase, where he held a residency with the organization and presented on 72-EDO microtonal music. He was also selected to participate in Collage New Music Composers’ Colloquium in 2018, receiving a masterclass position with composers John Harbison and Paul Brust, and Mr. Wiese had earlier composed the fanfare for the 121st Ithaca College Commencement Ceremony, which was his Bachelors degree graduation ceremony.

When not composing, Wiese researches the music of Charles Ives, Igor Stravinsky, John Harbison, and Walter Piston. Recently, he completed a transcription of Charles Ives Symphony No. 3 “The Camp Meeting” Mvt. I for wind ensemble; the other movements will be completed by 2019. This transcription has been selected by NEC Symphonic Winds conductor William Drury for performance during the 2019 NEC Veterans Day concert, where it will be premiered by the combined Navy and Air Force bands under their respective conductors' batons. When not focusing on music, Mr. Wiese enjoys riding the rails on trains and watching both good and bad science-fiction films.

Ian Wiese is currently in the doctoral program at New England Conservatory, where he studies for the Doctorate of Musical Arts in Composition with Michael Gandolfi. He holds a Masters of Music in Composition from New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Kati Agocs and Michael Gandolfi; he also received lessons from composers John Harbison, Bert van Herck, and Scott Wheeler. Wiese also holds a Bachelors of Music in Composition from Ithaca College, where he studied with Dana Wilson, Jorge Grossmann, and Sally Lamb McCune. While at Ithaca College, he received lessons with various distinguished guest composers including the late Steven Stucky, David Rakowski, Fredrick Kaufmann, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, and Koray Sazli, among others.