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RICHARD AN (b.1995) is a composer, pianist and percussionist, born and raised in Los Angeles. He is a member of the ensembles stickytack and quartet friends, and is otherwise seen conducting, singing, or performing taiko.

His compositions have been performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Resound Duo, Cochlea Duo, Great Noise Ensemble, members of Yarn/Wire, and more. He has performed with Echoi Ensemble/Monday Evevning Concerts, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Barry Manilow, and the Rolling Stones, under the baton of Donald Crockett, Jo-Michael Scheibe, and Uriel Segal, and in halls such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Zipper Hall at Colburn, ArtShare L.A., among others.

His compositional interests currently involve exploring the extremes of register, rhythmic precision and timbre. A key concern in Richard's music is the construction of unified sounds and gestures through careful rhythmic and timbral planning; he finds beauty in making several instruments sound like one large mechanism. As a performer, he finds beauty in rhythmically expressive and challenging music, and is inspired both as a composer and performer by the musics of Thomas Ades, Eric Wubbels and Andrew McIntosh.

Richard is also a recording engineer for recording.la, copyist, accompanist, electronic musician and educator.

Richard has graduated from the California Institute of the Arts Herb Alpert School of Music (MFA Performer-Composer) and the University of Southern California (BM Composition). His primary composition teachers include Andrew McIntosh, Daniel Corral, Wolfgang von Schweinitz, Veronika Krausas, Sean Friar, Frank Ticheli, Andrew Norman.

RICHARD AN (b.1995) is a composer and performer, born and raised in Los Angeles. His music spans a wide variety of instrumentations, aesthetics, and have been performed frequently in Los Angeles and abroad.

Richard's commissions include an upcoming collaboration with Atlanta based Duoctane (saxophone and percussion), and previously include Switzerland based Cochlea Duo (flute and harp). His compositions have been performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Resound Duo, Great Noise Ensemble, members of Yarn/Wire, and more. In addition, his music has been heard in festivals including the Yarn/Wire Institute, Walden Creative Musicians Retreat, and soundScape Festival.

Richard's compositional interests currently involve exploring the extremes of register, rhythmic precision and timbre. A key concern in Richard's music is the construction of unified sounds and gestures through careful rhythmic and timbral planning; he finds beauty in making several instruments sound like one large mechanism. However, he finds beauty in many compositional aesthetics, and is equally inspired by the musics of Pierre Boulez, David Lang, Andy Akiho, Thomas Ades, Eric Wubbels and Andrew McIntosh.

In addition, Richard performs as a pianist, percussionist, and vocalist in concerts all over SoCal. He is also a recording engineer for recording.la, copyist, accompanist, electronic musician and educator.

Richard has graduated from the California Institute of the Arts Herb Alpert School of Music (MFA Performer-Composer) and the University of Southern California (BM Composition). His primary composition teachers include Andrew McIntosh, Daniel Corral, Wolfgang von Schweinitz, Veronika Krausas, Sean Friar, Frank Ticheli, and Andrew Norman.

RICHARD AN (b.1995) is a composer and performer, born and raised in Los Angeles. His interests as a pianist lie primarily in new/contemporary classical music, especially written within the last 60 years.

Richard has appeared as a pianist with USC Thornton EDGE and The Ensemble at CalArts, the resident new music ensembles at their respective institutions. He has also participated as pianist in two summers at the Yarn/Wire Institute, and has tirelessly committed himself to premiering the music of his friends, colleagues and peers. His concert appearances include performances with Monday Evening Concerts and Michael Webster's Keyboard Orchestra. Richard's final MFA recital at CalArts contained six world commissioned world premieres, all taking advantage of a limited keyboard just-intonation system he devised for the project. He has performed the music of Steve Reich, Jurg Frey, Joan Tower, Stephen Hartke, and Zhou Long.

As half of the new music duo "stickytack," Richard and his ensemblemate Wells Leng push the boundaries of what the piano and other keyboard instruments are able to produce, exploring conventional and new techniques, preparations, instruments, instrument combinations, and more.

In addition, Richard performs as a percussionist and vocalist in concerts all over SoCal. He is also a recording engineer for recording.la, copyist, accompanist, electronic musician and educator.

Richard has graduated from the California Institute of the Arts Herb Alpert School of Music (MFA Performer-Composer) and the University of Southern California (BM Composition). His primary composition teachers include Andrew McIntosh, Daniel Corral, Wolfgang von Schweinitz, Veronika Krausas, Sean Friar, Frank Ticheli, and Andrew Norman.

RICHARD AN (b.1995) is a composer and performer, born and raised in Los Angeles. His interests as a percussionist lie in non-traditional performance practices, primarily in improvisation and world music.

As a "classical" percussionist, Richard has appeared with both the CalArts Percussion Ensemble and The Ensemble (the resident new music ensemble at CalArts), premiering and performing many chamber and large ensemble pieces during his study there, including music by Tawnie Olson and Katie Young. He also appeared in many student recitals as a percussionist, performing in the DMA recitals of Sean Hayward and Alkis Nicolaides. Richard has also performed chamber works by Morton Feldman and Hanna Kulenty, the latter comprising a semester-long proejct tackling the impressive piano/percussion duo "Kisses and Crosses". Richard also performs quite frequently as a taiko drummer, has performed in the CalArts Advanced World Percussion Ensemble, and is an amateur frame drum and tabla player.

Richard is also exploring improvising with percussion in his new music duo "stickytack," performing semi-improvised cell-based, text-based and graphic scores on various instruments, especially his shimedaiko, a beautiful bolt-tuned taiko drum (his is from Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten via US online purveyor KaDon).

In addition, Richard performs as a pianist and vocalist in concerts all over SoCal. He is also a recording engineer for recording.la, copyist, accompanist, electronic musician and educator.

Richard has graduated from the California Institute of the Arts Herb Alpert School of Music (MFA Performer-Composer) and the University of Southern California (BM Composition). His primary composition teachers include Andrew McIntosh, Daniel Corral, Wolfgang von Schweinitz, Veronika Krausas, Sean Friar, Frank Ticheli, and Andrew Norman.

RICHARD AN (b.1995) is a composer and performer, born and raised in Los Angeles. Richard performs as a vocalist in choirs and ensembles all over SoCal as a tenor/baritone.

Richard is a former member of many choirs including Contemporary Vocal Ensemble at CalArts, and several choirs at USC, most notably the USC Thornton Chamber Singers. With them, Richard has performed with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Barry Manilow, and the Rolling Stones, and under the batons of Eric Whitacre, Jo-Michael Scheibe, and Uriel Segal. Richard has also performed as tenor soloist at Walden Creative Musicians Retreat (in premieres by Ayanna Woods and Matt Wellins, conducted by Nicholas DeMaison), with the CalArts Period Instrument Ensemble, and as one of the thousand voices in the Los Angeles performance of David Lang's "crowd out" for Noon to Midnight 2019. Richard has sung music by Gubaidulina, Bach, Handel, Purcell, Whitacre, Ticheli, and more.

In addition, Richard performs as a pianist and percussionist in concerts all over SoCal. He is also a recording engineer for recording.la, copyist, accompanist, electronic musician and educator.

Richard has graduated from the California Institute of the Arts Herb Alpert School of Music (MFA Performer-Composer) and the University of Southern California (BM Composition). His primary composition teachers include Andrew McIntosh, Daniel Corral, Wolfgang von Schweinitz, Veronika Krausas, Sean Friar, Frank Ticheli, and Andrew Norman.

RICHARD AN (b.1995) is a composer and performer, born and raised in Los Angeles. He is a founding member of CalArts Hinotani Daiko, and co-lead the student ensemble as well as two winter semester courses in taiko drumming.

Richard was a member of USC Kazan Taiko (2013-17) and was, at different times, both Executive Director and Artistic Director during his tenure. There, he has participated in and organized workshops with instructors Kris Bergstrom, Joe Small, Akemi Imai, Tomomi Hongo, Bryan Yamami, Chantelle Takata, and Yuta Kato. Through multiple West Coast Collegiate Taiko Invitationals and San Jose Taiko Collegiate Taiko Intensives, Richard has also had workshops with Isaku Kageyama, Shoji Kameda, and SJT Directors Franco Imperial and Wisa Uemura. Richard plays various taiko instruments and styles, including small drum (shimedaiko), slant chu (naname), miyake chu, and shekere (hyotan). Richard has also dabbled in playing eisa style (Okinawan taiko, chappa (hand cymbals), and katsugi okedo (rope tuned strap drum).

Richard was the sole representative of Japanese music in the Advanced World Percussion Ensemble in 2019, an ensemble which combines instruments and traditions from all over the world. The group's peformance at the CalArts World Music and Dance Festivals remains one of his proudest achievements, and showcases the rhythmic technicalities of taiko that Richard would like to continue exploring.

In addition, Richard performs as a pianist, percussionist, and vocalist in concerts all over SoCal. He is also a composer, a recording engineer for recording.la, copyist, accompanist, electronic musician and educator.

Richard has graduated from the California Institute of the Arts Herb Alpert School of Music (MFA Performer-Composer) and the University of Southern California (BM Composition). His primary composition teachers include Andrew McIntosh, Daniel Corral, Wolfgang von Schweinitz, Veronika Krausas, Sean Friar, Frank Ticheli, and Andrew Norman.

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Richard An MFA Graduation Recital - April 27, 2019

Richard An MFA Mid-Residence Recital - November 7, 2019

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Richard An MFA Mid-Residence Recital - November 7, 2019

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