Guthrie, Ian Evans
Ian Evans Guthrie (b. 1992) is quickly emerging as a tour-de-force American composer. He has recently received 1st prize for the Arcady Composition Competition and 2nd prize for the American Prize in addition to his many other composition and performance prizes and recognition from ASCAP, SCI, MTNA, National Federation of Music Clubs, Webster Community Music School, and other nationally- and regionally-recognized music organizations and clubs. In addition, many of his works have been performed publicly around the nation from groups such as fEARnoMUSIC, Portlands Metropolitan Youth Symphony, the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, the Moore Philharmonic Orchestra, March Music Moderne, the Atlantic Music Festival, the Charlotte New Music Festival, the Clear Creek Music Festival, the Oregon Bach Festival, and the 2014 Pierrot Lunaire Project. His latest commissioned works include an extended work for flutist Erik Drescher. He has served on various committees, including the Society of Composers, Inc., where he has served as the Region VI Student Representative since 2015.
Guthrie is an equally accomplished pianist and began playing the piano at the age of seven. He began accompanying choirs and soloists at nine, and two years later later appeared on the Vancouver Seafarers Concert. Most recently, he has won and 2nd prize in the Great Composers Competition: Music of America and many other top prizes from GCC competitions. He has also won the 2013-14 Oregon MTNA young artists competition, the 2014 Brookings-Harbor Friends of Music scholarship, and 1st prize in the college-level OMTA scholarship competition in 2012. In September 2008, under the instruction of teacher Barbara Roberts, he and fellow student Mary Stone performed Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals with Portlands Columbia Symphony Orchestra. He has studied piano with John Owings (2015-16), Gloria Lin (2014-15), Renato Fabbro (2010-14), and Barbara Roberts (2004-10), among others.
Guthrie is currently pursuing his Doctor of Music at Florida State University and is scheduled to graduate in Spring 2020. He received his Master of Music in Composition under a graduate teaching assistantship at Texas Christian University, where he studied with Till Meyn and Martin Blessinger. He has also studied composition with Martin Kennedy (2014-17), Blaise Ferrandino (2014), John Paul (2012-14), and Robert Priest (2006-09), among others. Guthrie has also been mentored by John Mackey, Dmitri Tymoczko, Amy Beth Kirsten, George Tsontakis, Robert Paterson, Martin Kennedy, and others; and performers such as Sheila Allen (Yeomans) and Sarah Dunham.