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 a piece for Atlanta-based Duoctane (saxophone and percussion) and the 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, the Charlotte New Music Festival, and the 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, 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, 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, Frank Ticheli, and Andrew Norman, and has studied instrumental performance with Vicki Ray, Tim Feeney, and Randy Gloss.