Ian Richter (b. 1990) is a contemporary saxophonist who has been praised for his “assured” performance (The Baltimore Sun). He specializes in music which blurs the lines between the classical, jazz, and popular traditions of saxophone playing. In particular, Ian has commissioned and performed numerous new works for saxophone and multimedia, including “Steampunk” (Stephen Edwards, 2010), “Shipbreaking” (Benjamin Taylor, 2012), and “Drum ‘N’ Bari” (Benjamin Taylor, 2014). Most recently, he and singer Hanna van Rooijen premiered Kevin Clark’s “Finishing the Rose,” a theatre piece for saxophone and soprano voice, in February 2016.
Ian received his Bachelors of Music (Saxophone, Recording Arts) and Masters of Arts (Audio Sciences – Acoustics) from the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, where he studied with Gary Louie. Ian is currently pursuing his Masters of Music from the Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, under the instruction of Ties Mellema Niels Bijl. He is an alumnus of the U.S. Fulbright Student Grant program, established by the US Department of State and the Dutch Fulbright Center to promote mutual understanding between the Dutch and American peoples.