Steven Ricks (b. 1969) is described in BBC Music Magazine as a composer “unafraid to tackle big themes.” His works often include a strong narrative influence and theatrical flare. His monodrama Medusa in Fragments—for amplified piano, surround-sound electronics, and video soprano—is a multimedia tour-de-force that has been performed at festivals and venues around the world by pianist Keith Kirchoff. His music is performed and recorded by several leading artists and ensembles, including the New York New Music Ensemble, Talujon Percussion (NY), Hexnut (Amsterdam, NE), Links Ensemble (Paris, FR), Manhattan String Quartet, Earplay (SF), Empyrean Ensemble (SF), and violinist Curtis Macomber (NY).
His commissions include several from private individuals, a Fromm Music Foundation Commission, and seven Barlow Endowment commissions, including a 2017 Barlow commission for guitarist Dan Lippel and the New York-based ensemble counter)induction. His third portrait CD, Young American Inventions, was released by New Focus Recordings in June 2015, and is described by Seattle-based music blog Second Inversion as “innovative, ambitious, and diverse.” He holds degrees in music composition from Brigham Young University (BM), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (MM), and the University of Utah (PhD), and also received a Certificate in Advanced Musical Studies (CAMS) from King's College London in 2000. He is a professor in the BYU School of Music where he teaches music theory and composition, directs the electronic music studio, and is the Music Composition and Theory Division Coordinator. He currently serves as Editor of the Newsletter for the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States.