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 Ohio’s Oberlin Conservatory of Music, 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.
A dual citizen of the USA and Britain, he lived in Europe until 2007, performing with such groups as the Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Orquesta Nacionales de España, Irish Baroque Orchestra and Florilegium, 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 Europe. He has appeared frequently on BBC Radio 3 and on the BBC 2 production Vivaldi Unmasked. Ian won First Prize in the 2001 Broadwood Harpsichord Competition and was a prizewinner in the 2003 First International Harpsichord Competition P. Bernardi in 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 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 and is currently on faculty at Mount Saint Mary’s and 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.