Roland Coryn (°1938) studied at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent, where he earned a diploma in viola and chamber music.
Since 1970, Roland Coryn has written more than 60 works. His preference for absolute music is evident in the dominance of instrumental over vocal music. In the late 1980s, he has been interested mainly in composing chamber music. Since then, Coryn has written works for large orchestra and for vibraphone, marimba, xylophone and orchestra. The various musical parameters are each dealt with in a specific manner, whereby a particularly intense attention to rhythm and tempo is most striking. The rhythm and tempo fluctuations are always constructive and purposeful. Melody is not of prime importance in Coryn's music. Phrases are often constructed by means of cell development. Many of his compositions end with a slow movement breathing a mood of acquiescence. Over the course of the 1990s, his attention was drawn more to the voice. This resulted in many works for a capella choir.
Coryn is a permanent member of the Class of Arts of The Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and the Arts since 1993. In 2019, he was appointed as honorary member.