Ian Shafer

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Ian Shafer

Ian Shafer is a passionate, multifaceted musician. He has held positions as an oboist, a conductor, and teacher. He has given several world premieres of works written for him; created chamber music and youth orchestra programs; designed music theory and history courses; and played for delegates of the United Nations. His playing has been described as, “sinuous, refined… and refreshing, with facility,” ([Q]on Stage). He enjoys a very active freelance performance career in New York City as a soloist, recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician spanning a wide breadth of styles from the Baroque period to Contemporary improvisation. Additionally, he is a published author through the International Double Reed Society; has studied composition in Vienna with a student of Arnold Schoenberg; conducting in the Netherlands and the United States; and oboe repair in Philadelphia.

Dedicated to the expansion of the oboe repertoire and the boundaries of Classical music, through frequent collaborations, Mr. Shafer has given the world premieres of several works: Locales (2014) for oboe and string trio, written on commission by Mohammed Fariouz presented at his debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall; Elegy and Impromptu (2013) for oboe and piano, written on commission by James Adler premiered at the Yamaha Studios 5th Avenue in Manhattan; Layers of Earth (2012), by Danish composer, Lars Graugaard, which features the oboe, fifteen percussionists and live-electronic processing, set for CD release in the spring of 2015; Langanaich-Taragto (2010) a seven-minute improvised solo to Elizabeth Hoffman’s digital score, first presented at NYU’s Fredrick Lowe Theater, was later expanded to a multilayered, multimedia improvisation with an added dance and electronic components to become Improvisational Spirals (2014) at the NYSoundCircuit; Exhalations (2009) a collaborative work, which through the use of pioneering internet technology, simultaneously connected five universities around the globe for a groundbreaking concert, Pentalocust; and using the same technology, connected musicians from New York and Abu Dhabi in two “Concerts for Peace” presenting Noor Al Salam (Light of Peace) (2009) and ResoNations(2008) for the delegates of the United Nations. In two productions, given by the Center for Contemporary Opera, he was the oboist at the world premiere of Michael Dellaria’s Secret Agent. Mr. Shafer is also a frequent artist at, “Louise’s Classical Coterie,” a private salon series in the Upper West Side of Manhattan; at Andrea Clearfield’s Salon series in Philadelphia; a featured artist on the recital series, “Bach’s Lunch” (PA); a featured soloist with the Sun City Chamber Players (FL); and as a freelance musician has performed with many ensembles in New York.

Mr. Shafer has served as the Artistic Director of the Greater Philadelphia Honors Orchestra, the Trappe Chamber Players, and Cresecendo, a chamber music festival for students: the Assistant Conductor of the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra and the Queer Urban Orchestra; and is currently on faculty at the Manhattan School of Music in the Precollege divisions of oboe performance, music theory and ear-training.

Mr. Shafer has studied oboe with Bert Lucarelli, Pat Stenberg, Ray Still and Jonathan Kelly. He is a graduate of NYU-Steinhardt and Oberlin Conservatory.  For more information: visit www.ianshafer.com