Ian Scarfe


Artist info

Ian Scarfe enjoys a busy career as a piano soloist, collaborative pianist, and chamber musician. Each year he completes several concert tours, which take him across the United States, Canada, and Europe. Recent appearances include the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and concert halls in Toronto, Zurich, Vienna, and Lisbon.

He is a founding member of the Vinifera Trio, a violin-clarinet-piano ensemble based in California's wine-country, and the Zurich Mozart Trio, based in Zurich, Switzerland. He is in frequent demand as a collaborator, and has accompanied and performed with a long list of vocalists and instrumentalists.

As a soloist, Ian's appearances with orchestras have come to prominently feature the music of Beethoven. Recent performances of Beethoven's music include the Piano Concerto No. 4, the “Choral” Fantasy, and the "Triple" Concerto.

An eloquent and articulate speaker, Ian is a frequent lecturer on music, and gives talks on music appreciation and history at universities (Stanford, UCSC, UCSF, Willamette, Monmouth, Western Illinois), adult education programs, and retirement communities. He is currently on staff as a music associate at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he earned a Master's Degree in 2008 and an Artist's Certificate in 2010.

He is the founder and director of the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival, which presents annual retreats and concert tours in and around scenic Trinity County in Northern California. Now in its seventh season, this festival has presented hundreds of concerts and educational programs across the western United States, commissioned new works from emerging composers, and featured over 50 guest artists from across the world. For more information about this organization, please visit www.TrinityAlpsCMF.org.

Years taught2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

Teaching schedule
Chamber MusicMWF/MW 3:30–4:20pmChrist Lutheran Church2016
Piano MasterclassM/M 3:00–4:30pmMusic 217 - McGown Room2015
Backstage Pass - an inside look at classical musicW/W 3:00–4:30pmMusic 1112015
Chamber MusicMTWTh (week 2) 1:30–3:20pmChrist Lutheran Church2014
Piano MasterclassM/M 3:00–4:30pmMusic 217 - McGown Room2014

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