Rylan Daniels - Young Composer in Residence

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Rylan J. Daniels is a sophomore at Windward School in Los Angeles, California. He is dedicated to making the world a better place through merging music and technology.  Rylan has been studying piano privately since 2009 and has also been studying composition with Thomas Kotcheff.  He is also learning the erhu, a traditional Chinese instrument, and plays in a Chinese instrumental ensemble. At his school Rylan has composed for Windward’s Chamber Ensemble and Advanced Instrumental Ensemble. In the summers of 2015, 2016 & 2017 he composed new musical pieces as part of the Sunset ChamberFest Young Composer’s Workshop. Rylan has been influenced by his Polish heritage and the musical legacy of great Polish composers such as Chopin and Paderewski. In 2016 Rylan served as a music mentor at MIT’s annual Arts and Technology Hackathon. In December, 2017 he won first prize in a juried competition sponsored by UploadVR for a virtual reality game in which he also composed the music.  At Windward, Rylan has started the first AR/VR club teaching kids how to merge music with the technology of mixed reality.  He has created his own apps on the App Store for which he composes the music, and is also currently scoring a feature length film about the Holocaust. Additionally, in summer 2017 Rylan was selected by MIT Launch to participate in its prestigious young entrepreneurs program in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  He now provides mentoring to high school students forming MIT Launch Clubs in their own schools. Rylan has a passion for creating stories not only with musical composition but also in writing.  He won a national competition to become a Time for Kids (TFK) reporter, where one of his proudest moments was interviewing former Polish President and Nobel Laureate Lech Wałesa in Polish. He won an “Ambassador for Europe” competition sponsored by the Polish Consulate, which awarded him a trip to the European Parliament, where he had an opportunity to meet numerous EU officials. Rylan also passed a national exam in the Polish language with high honors. He was accepted to Stanford’s Pre-Collegiate summer program in creative writing and now writes for the LA Times about emerging technologies. Rylan received a top honor, the Principal’s Award, a medal for high academic achievement in the Chinese language.