Ian Sadock is an award-winning pianist and composer from Philadelphia with unique research interests in the mechanics of improvised music, maintaining an active studio of piano and music theory students.
“Sadock’s composition and performance was intense and intricate, with the communication between the [trio] clear and intimate.” – UArts Radio
“Sadock himself extemporizes with pensive cascades of notes” – All About Jazz
“…introspective, shimmering…” – Jazz Times
Ian Sadock serves on the piano faculty at The Settlement Music School, Cheltenham Township Adult School, and Greensleeves Music, providing private piano and music theory lessons in the greater Philadelphia region. His education included private study under John Swana, Dr. Theresa Klinefelter and Peter Paulsen at West Chester University, Don Glanden at The University of the Arts, Dr. Igor Resniaski and David Dzubinski at the Nelly Berman School of Music, amongst others. He holds a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from The University of the Arts, as well as a bachelor’s of music in piano performance with a concentration in jazz from West Chester University. Honors and awards include the 2021 Illuminate the Arts Grant, two Boysie Lowery Living Jazz Residencies, the Michael Falcone Jazz Scholarship and the Alta M. Ketner Outstanding Incoming Freshman Scholarship, Graduate Assistantship under The University of the Arts, and First Place in Nelly Berman 25th Anniversary Golden Key Competition.
With headline performances at world-class venues, such as the Kimmel Center, Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts, TIME, Chris’s Jazz Cafe, Heritage, and more, Sadock’s musical perspective is refreshing and innovative. Current projects include performances and original compositions involving the Ian Sadock Quartet, Latin jazz band Habanero, which he co-founded. Previous performance credits include West Chester University’s premier jazz ensemble the Criterions, where he shared the stage with famed guest artists at the International Trumpet Guild conference and Cavalcade of Bands competitions. He was also featured in several University of the Arts ensembles and headlined charitable performances with the WCU Honors Jazz Ensemble.
Ian Sadock is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), Chamber Music America (CMA), the American Composers Forum (ACF), and the National Guild for Community Arts Education.
Select Past Performances
Club Dates and Clinics: Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts, Chris’ Jazz Cafe, TIME, Heritage, Sullivan’s Steakhouse, Queen Theatre, University of Delaware, Delaware Art Museum
Festivals: Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, International Trumpet Guild Conference, YachStock River Jam, Mad Liberation Festival, Songs for Change New Music Festival
Musical Theatre: American Idiot (Villagers Theatre – Somerset, NJ), Mamma Mia (Bluett Theatre – Philadelphia, PA), Pippin (Villagers Theatre – Somerset, NJ), National Association of Teachers of Singing Regional Auditions (Philadelphia, PA)
http://www.uartsradio.com/the-notsolatin-concert-series-hits-south-philly/ (UArts Radio; October 2018)
https://phl17.com/phl17-morning-news/settlement-music-school-offers-virtual-classes-for-all-ages/ (PHL17; January 2021)
https://www.allaboutjazz.com/lyric-motion-school-of-music-graduate-ensemble-self-produced-review-by-hrayr-attarian.php (All About Jazz; April 2019)
https://jazztimes.com/reviews/albums/university-of-the-arts-school-of-music-grad-ensemble-lyric-motion-uarts/ (Jazz Times; November 2019)
https://issuu.com/thewcpress/docs/thewcpress_january2017/19 (Artist Spotlight: Habanero) (WC Press; January 2017)