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RICHARD AN (b.1995) was born and raised in Los Angeles, his parents originally from South Korea. When he displayed an interest in piano at an early age, he began lessons at the age of four. Since then, he’s been to the SoCal Young Musicians' Festival more than six times, and placing in the top three in category four times. He’s a regular performer at the SoCal Bach Festival, having played more than 8 times. He formed the KPA Trio with two of his colleagues, and held their first concert at the age of 14 at a local church, performing the Mendelssohn Piano Trio in D minor as well as an arrangement of his own. Richard performed in the pit orchestra for the 2013 CVHS production of "The Mystery of Edwin Drood."
He discovered an interest in musical composition at the age of 13, when his friends urged him into an annual school arts competition. Having no prior composing experience, Richard tried anyway and was awarded first place in school. He entered this competition twice more in following years and was awarded first place in both, and in 2013 he was awarded 2nd in the district. Several short chamber pieces have been premiered at his high school concerts alone, with others performed in venues throughout Southern California. A piece for bassoon, viola and cello has been performed in Dublin, New Hampshire at the Walden School of Music under the tutelage of Ian Munro and Sky Macklay, as well as other experimental pieces, including a piece for prepared piano and a collaboration with percussion and dance. In 2014, Richard attended the soundSCAPE festival in Maccagno, Italy and heard two pieces premiered, one by Tyson and Jennifer Voigt of the Resound Duo.
Richard now composes regularly for professional musicians to read through or perform, and through the Los Angeles Philharmonic's innovative Composer Fellowship Program, he studied under James Matheson and A.J. McCaffrey; he also had his LA Philharmomic premiere in April 2013, a youth orchestra premiere in June 2013, and has workshopped a string quartet with the Calder Quartet. Under this program, Richard has written other pieces for various ensembles, including a quintet for Pierrot ensemble, a quartet for piano, violin, cello and percussion as well as numerous solo instrumental sequences.
Besides composing, practicing piano and learning about music, Richard enjoys learning about food, watching films, reading, and has just started learning about electronics and Pure Data. Richard is unbelievably grateful for the relationships he's been able to create with the LA Phil and its members, supportive friends and family, and for the opportunities that he has been given. Richard hopes to continue his compositional studies in college, to forge a successful career writing music and teaching, and to continue exploring music for the rest of his life.
Richard is now attending the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, BM in Composition '17 with a minor in Cinematic Arts. In addition to composition instruction by Andrew Norman, Donald Crockett and Brian Head, Richard has been taught by Morton Lauridsen, Frederick Lesemann, Neal Desby, Chris Roze, Stephen Hartke, Rotem Gilbert, Julia Adolph, Bryan Kostors, David Werfelmann, Jordan Nelson, Ian Munro, and Sky Macklay.
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