Friday, 18 September, 2020 | 5:00 PM

Ian Scarfe

Through community recitals and lectures, Ian Scarfe has done extensive outreach throughout Northern California, both as a soloist and through the activities of his organization, the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival.



Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Prelude in D-flat Major, Op. 28, No. 15, “Raindrop”

Florence Price (1887-1953)
Placid Lake

William Grant Still (1895-1978)
Seven Traceries
2. Mystic Pool

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Images, Book I
1. Reflets dans l’eau

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Barcarolle, Op. 60

About the artist

Ian Scarfe enjoys a wide ranging career as an advocate for music. As a performer he is equally comfortable as a soloist, accompanying recital partners, or in the mix of a small or large ensemble. As a speaker, he is a frequent lecturer during formal concerts, a host and emcee during casual musical events, and also a narrator to children’s programs. As a musical entrepreneur, he keeps a busy travel schedule across the United States and Europe organizing concerts, tours, and festivals. He is the founder and director of the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival. Started in 2011, this organization offers residencies for musicians and composers, commissions new works from living composers, organizes tours for musicians and ensembles, and runs a youth education program that has brought classical music and storytelling to over 15,000 students in rural California schools. He has performed as a soloist with a number of orchestras, including the Fairbanks Festival Orchestra, One Found Sound, the Shasta Symphony, Symphony Parnassus, and the Venice Symphony in Florida. His talks on music have taken him to universities (Stanford, UCSC, UCSF, Willamette, Monmouth, Western Illinois), adult education programs, and retirement communities. He has been the host for concerts at orchestra halls, jazz clubs, and private homes, and has been the narrator for several children’s concerts, including “Peter and the Wolf”, “Babar the Elephant”, and Rudyard Kipling’s “Just So Stories”. His sports career includes a stint as the starting pianist with the San Francisco 49ers, a grueling job that involved playing background music and light jazz at Candlestick Park’s “Stadium Club Restaurant” during home games from 2009-2013. 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.