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.
Richard has appeared as a pianist and keyboardist 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 committed himself to premiering the music of his friends, colleagues and peers. His concert appearances as pianist include performances with Monday Evening Concerts and Michael Webster's Keyboard Orchestra and has brought him to ArtshareLA, REDCAT. Zipper Hall.
Richard's final MFA recital at CalArts featured six world commissioned world premieres, all performed on a limited keyboard just-intonation system he devised for the project. He has performed the music of Lucky Mosko, Steve Reich, Jurg Frey, Joan Tower, Stephen Hartke, Zhou Long, and more.
As half of "stickytack" and a quarter of "Quartet Friends", Richard and his ensemblemates Wells Leng, Katie Eikam and Kevin Good 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.
Richard also accompanies/plays collaboratively with choirs, opera productions, and instrumental and vocal soloists. In addition, Richard performs as 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.