A multi-faceted musician, Ian Saunders, enjoys an exciting career as a sought-after bassist and educator. The Virginia native began his double bass studies at age 18 with Christopher White, Principal Bassist of the Virginia Symphony. He completed his Bachelor’s degree under the tutelage of world-renowned bassist, Robert Nairn, at The Pennsylvania State University. As an undergraduate, Ian took part in several world premieres by the prolific Finnish composer Teppo Hauto-Aho.
Dr. Saunders continued his graduate studies under Mr. Nairn while fulfilling numerous professional engagements with the Williamsport Symphony, Penn’s Woods Festival Orchestra, Ballet Theatre of Central Pa, and Manassas Ballet Theatre. In addition, he served as Principal Bass of the Penn Centre Orchestra, Nittany Valley Symphony, and Altoona Symphony.
In 2016, he received the Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Maryland while studying with Robert Oppelt, Principal Bass of the National Symphony Orchestra. During his course of study, Dr. Saunders was in high demand within the competitive Baltimore and DC freelance community, most notably as the bassist for the critically acclaimed Post-Classical Ensemble. In March of 2016, he was featured on WBJC 91.5 Baltimore performing Guillaume Connesson’s Sextuor.