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. Richard now teaches taiko along Wells Leng at the California Institue of the Arts in the Japan Ensemble course.
In addition, Richard performs as a pianist, percussionist, and vocalist in concerts all over SoCal. He is also a composer, 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, Daniel Corral, Wolfgang von Schweinitz, Veronika Krausas, Sean Friar, Frank Ticheli, and Andrew Norman.