Ian Scarfe enjoys a busy career as a piano soloist, collaborative pianist, and chamber musician. An enthusiastic performer, he averages over one-hundred performances each year, which take him from his home in San Francisco, California, across the United States, Canada, and Europe.
He is the founder and director of the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival, an organization that has presented hundreds of concerts, educational programs, and performances in schools across California since 2011.
He is a founding member of the Vinifera Trio, an ensemble based in California’s wine-country, and the Zurich Mozart Trio, based in Zurich, Switzerland. He is also a founding member of the contemporary group Nonsemble 6, renown for its fully staged performances of Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire.
An eloquent and articulate speaker, Ian is a frequent lecturer on music, and gives talks on music appreciation and history at universities. adult education programs, and retirement communities.
He has been described in the press as “a masterful keyboard talent” (Performing Arts Monterey Bay), and even while still a student in San Francisco it was said that “his work in chamber music has been prodigious” (Examiner.com). Other reviewers have praised Scarfe’s “marvelous sense of balance and authority” and “well-honed artistry and thoughtful expressiveness.” (San Francisco Classical Voice)
As a soloist, Ian’s appearances with orchestras have come to prominently feature the music of Beethoven. Recent performances of Beethoven’s music include the Piano Concerto No. 4 with Symphony Parnassus in San Francisco, the “Choral” Fantasy with the Fairbanks Summer Arts Orchestra in Alaska, and the “Triple” Concerto with orchestras in California and Florida. Ian’s recordings of Beethoven include late works such as his Violin Sonata in G, Op. 96, and Piano Sonata in A-flat, Op. 110.
He currently works at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he earned a Master’s Degree in 2008 and an Artist’s Certificate in 2010.