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.