Chicago-based percussionist Ian Ding is a versatile performer specializing in contemporary music and orchestral percussion. He appears around the world with major ensembles and is an in-demand soloist, teacher, and chamber musician. Currently, he is a founding member and co-director of New Music Detroit, a member of the Fulcrum Point New Music Project (Chicago) and the Virgil Moorefield Pocket Orchestra (Zurich), and serves on the percussion faculty at the DePaul University School of Music.
Ian is a frequent guest with major symphony orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and has also performed extensively with chamber ensembles Bang on a Can All-Stars, Alarm Will Sound, Marc Mellits Consort, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW series.
Ian is the artistic director and producer of Strange Beautiful Music, New Music Detroit’s annual marathon concert of contemporary and experimental music, and is also a former board member of the American Composers Forum. Recent projects include commissions of new solo percussion works by composers Lukas Ligeti, Virgil Moorefield, and Evan Ziporyn, and serving as producer for New Music Detroit’s first album featuring the chamber music of Marc Mellits.
Ian served as Assistant Principal Percussionist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra from 2003-2011 and Lecturer of Percussion at the University of Michigan from 2005-2014, and was a fellow of the New World Symphony in Miami from 2001-2003 and the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland from 2000-2001. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois and the Juilliard School, where his teachers included Tom Stubbs, Thomas Siwe, Jim Ross, William Moersch, and Gregory Zuber.