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Ian Pritchard, Instructor, Music
BM, Oberlin Conservatory of Music
PGDip, Royal Academy of Music, London


Ian Pritchard has been playing the harpsichord since the age of 13, beginning studies with Susanne Shapiro in his native Los Angeles. He earned his BMus in harpsichord performance at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Ohio, where he studied with Lisa Crawford.  In 2000 he moved to London to study with the late John Toll at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating with Distinction and earning the DipRAM for an exceptional final recital.  He later continued studies on organ and harpsichord with James Johnstone. Being a dual national citizen between the USA and Britian, he had the opportunity to live in Europe until 2007, performing with groups such as Florilegium,  the Academy of Ancient Music, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightment,  the Orquesta Nacional de España, and the Irish Baroque Orchestra, and as a chamber musician with Monica Huggett, Rachel Podger, and Peter Holtslag, among others.   With Florilegium he has toured in Cyprus, South America, and throughout Europe. He has appeared frequently on BBC Radio 3 and on the BBC 2 production Vivaldi Unmasked.  Ian won 1st Prize in the 2001 Broadwood Harpsichord Competition and was a prizewinner in the 2003 1st International Harpsichord Competition P. Bernardi in Bologna, Italy. In the same year,  he was awarded a US Fulbright Scholarship to Italy to research early Italian keyboard music and to study organ and harpsichord with Andrea Marcon and organ with Liuwe Tamminga.  He is currently pursuing his PhD in Historical Musicology at USC, where he plans to write his dissertation on Italian keyboard music, notation, and performance practice in the 16th century. Ian has taught at USC and Glendale College; he is currently on faculty at Mount Saint Mary’s and at the Colburn School. His first solo CD, a disc of 16th-century Venetian virginal music entitled L’arpicordo, has been released on Morphic Resonance Music.  He is extremely happy to be closely involved with two exciting new early music groups in southern California: Tesserae (of which he is a founding member) and Les Surprises Baroques.


Recently Taught Courses:

  • MUS 24/124 - Surveys of the History and Literature of Music