Percussionist Ian Antonio’s breadth of experience—concertizing across four continents with a wide variety of chamber ensembles, orchestras, experimental rock bands, and avant-garde theatre companies—has led him to develop a unique sound and approach to both performing and teaching.
Ian is a director of the Wet Ink Ensemble, a collective of composers and performers. In demand at both domestic and international venues, Wet Ink’s performances “combine striking stylistic and aesthetic assurance with technical perfection” (Dissonanz Switzerland).
Ian is also a member of the percussion ensemble Talujon. Described by the New York Times as possessing an “edgy, unflagging energy,” the ensemble has been championing percussive music for well over two decades. Ian has performed with Talujon at the Metropolitation Museum of Art, Bang on a Can Marathon, BAM Next Wave Festival, and elsewhere across the country.
Ian is Assistant Professor of Percussion at the University of Michigan‘s School of Music, Theatre & Dance. He previously served on faculties of Purchase College, Stony Brook University, 92nd Street Y, Henry Street Settlement, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
Ian has recorded over 40 albums for the Nonesuch, Kairos, Warp, Tzadik, Carrier, Social Registry, Populist, Distributed Objects, Planaria, Sockets, Hot Cup, Quiet Design, and Three One G record labels, among others. He has also performed with the International Contemporary Ensemble, Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf, SEM Ensemble, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Albany Symphony, Boston Symphony, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonettia, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and worked with composers, conductors, and soloists such as Seigi Ozawa, Kurt Masur, Charles Dutoit, Mstislav Rostropovich, Yefim Bronfman, Helmut Lachenmann, Enno Poppe, John Adams, and Kaija Saariaho.
Ian holds a B.M. from the Manhattan School of Music and an M.M. and D.M.A. from Stony Brook University. He has also attended the Tanglewood Music Center and Yellow Barn festivals.