Biography of Musica Bella Orchestra member Ian Riggs

Ian Riggs, contrabass, grew up in a musical family near Washington, D.C. Early interest in the variety of songs his father would often sing led him to popular music and soon after to Jazz and Classical music. He attended the Oberlin Conservatory for two years, and then graduated from The Mannes College of Music/New School University in 1999 with a BFA. He has studied with Cleveland Orchestra members Scott Haigh and Tom Sperl and former New York Philharmonic principal bassist John Schafer, in addition to many of the world’s finest Jazz musicians and composers including Reggie Workman and Cecil Bridgewater. He has sustained a wide-ranging career as both a bassist and a composer/arranger in New York City, having performed and recorded with many diverse ensembles, orchestras, and musicians including The Greenwich Village Orchestra, The New York Repertory Orchestra, The Musica Bella Orchestra, guitarist Doug Wamble, vocalist Jane Monheit, and the legendary trombonist Roswell Rudd.

Musica Bella concerts: October 19, 2003; January 30, 2005

This bio last updated November 25, 2003