RYLE CUSTODIO (b. 1998) belongs to the roster of emerging young composers in Southeast Asia. He currently studies Composition at the University of the Philippines Diliman College of Music under the tutelage of Dr. Marie Jocelyn Marfil.
At the age of 20, Ryle became the first Filipino young composer to have won EQUAL FIRST PRIZE in the Asian Composers League Young Composers Prize Competition, the most prestigious young composer’s competition in the Asia-Pacific region, held in Taiwan on October 2018. Prior to this stint, his works have been presented and lauded in the Philippines and in other international events such as Nirmita Composers Workshop (Thailand), Kyiv Contemporary Music Days (Ukraine), Takefu International Music Festival (Japan), and Princess Galyani Vadhana International Symposium (Thailand).
Often critiqued as “powerful, socially-relevant and radical,” Ryle’s works try to relate to politics, society and the essence of his heritage as a Filipino. His works often incorporate indigenous Philippine music styles with radical political statements about some socio-political issues in his country.
Ryle has received composition lessons from world-renowned composers Chinary Ung (Cambodia/USA), Toshio Hosokawa (Japan), Koji Nakano (Japan), Sean Heim (USA), Pang Vongtaradon (Thailand), Siraseth Pantura-Umporn (Thailand), Bettina Skrypczak (Switzerland), Diana Rotaru (Romania), Johannes Maria Staud (Germany), Jaime Reis (Portugal) and Stefan Prins (Belgium).
Alongside his list of accolades, Ryle is also a 2019 Outstanding Youth in the Field of Arts awardee, recipient of the Sen. Neptali A. Gonzales Scholarship Award, 3-time awardee of University of the Philippines Student Achiever’s Award (2016, 2017, 2019); and an active member of UP Composers of New Music (UP Conemus), Asian Composers League – Philippines, Cuerdas Comparsa String Ensemble, and UP Cinema Arts Society (UP CAST). He also volunteers as an HIV counselor for LoveYourself PH, a non-government organization that provides free HIV testing and treatment. (05/31/2020)