Ian Striedter


Hometown: Irvine, CA

Alma maters: Peabody Institute, B.M. Trombone, B.M. Recording Arts, M.A. Audio Sciences 2012–17; New England Conservatory, M.M. Trombone, 2017–19

Instagram: @istriedter

Photos by Matt Dine


Awards/Competitions: Winner, 2012 Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition; Winner, 2018 American Trombone Workshop National Quartet Competition (with David and Cameron); Winner, 2019 American Trombone Workshop National Quartet Competition (With David and Cameron)

Appearances: Aspen Music Festival, 2014–15; Verbier Festival, 2016–18

What is your earliest memory of classical music? Mom playing me Smetana’s Moldau on the stereo as a kid

When did you realize you wanted to pursue music as a career? 10th–11th grade

How did you hear about TŌN? From the New England Conservatory Brass Department Chair

Who is your biggest inspiration? Simon Rattle

Which composer or genre of music do you feel you connect with the most? Late Romantic; Mahler

What is your favorite piece of music, and why do you love it? Mahler’s Third Symphony, for the trombone solo

What has been your favorite experience as a musician? Playing the sunrise scene from An Alpine Symphony at sunrise on a mountaintop in the Swiss Alps

Do you have any embarrassing performance stories? Locked my slide and didn’t realize it until I tried to move it during a fifth grade band concert.

What is some advice you would give to your younger self? Do more score study with recordings.

Favorite non-classical musician or band: Shakey Graves, Punch Brothers, The Head and the Heart

If you could play another instrument, what would it be? Cello

If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing? Working as an architectural acoustician

What is your favorite place you’ve traveled to? Bryce Canyon

Which three people, dead or alive, would you like to have dinner with? Batman, Nikola Tesla, Stanley Kubrick

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us: I love cooking.

Piece of advice for a young classical musician: Don’t sit in front of the trombones.