Oboist Ian Davidson has appeared as soloist and chamber musician in thirty-three countries on six continents as part of forty-three international concert tours. He has given masterclasses and recitals at conservatories around the world including those in Moscow, London, Rio de Janeiro, Edinburgh, Prague, Capetown, Hong Kong, Sydney, Buenos Aires, Bratislava, Paris, Seoul, Tokyo, Beijing, Rome, and Krakow, St. Petersburg, Quito, Medellin, Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Madrid.
His sixty-five concerto appearances include performances with the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Dallas Bach Orchestra, Blue Lake Festival Orchestra, Laredo Philharmonic, Victoria Bach Festival Orchestra, Austin Sinfonietta, Austin Chamber Orchestra, and Texas Bach Festival Orchestra.
Dr. Davidson holds degrees from DePauw University and the University of Texas at Austin and is currently Regents’ and University Distinguished Professor of Music at Texas State University. He also is a member of the Austin Symphony Orchestra, serving as Solo English Horn and Associate Principal Oboe and Principal Oboe of the Austin Opera Orchestra. Other engagements include stints as Principal Oboe of the Dallas Bach Orchestra, Principal Oboe of the Lyric Opera of Dallas, Principal Oboe of the Dallas Chamber Orchestra as well as Assistant Principal Oboe of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra.
A Grammy Nominee, his recording credits include orchestral recordings with the Austin Symphony Orchestra and the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, chamber music recordings with the Wild Basin Winds, Trio488, Pleasant Street Players and Chamber Soloists of Austin, and more than sixty recordings where he appeared as a guest artist. He has given more than one hundred live performances on NPR and for PBS has appeared on Austin City Limits, performing solos with Willie Nelson, and also with acclaimed choral ensemble Conspirare, where he appeared as a featured soloist.
Among his film credits are “SpyKids2” and most recently the independent films “To The Wonder” (Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem, Rachel McAdams), “Knight of Cups” (Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Antonio Banderas), and “The Vessel” (Martin Sheen.)
Festival appearances include the Aspen Music Festival, the Victoria Bach Festival, the Grand Teton Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Bear Valley Music Festival, Blue Lake Festival, Mendocino Music Festival, Festivale da Musica Camera, the Assisi Chamber Music Festival, and the Festivale dei due Mondi.
Conference and Convention presentation performances include the Texas Music Educator’s Association, Texas Band Master’s Association, National Flute Association, International Clarinet Association, International Trumpet Guild, Society of Composer’s International, NACUSA, Regional College Music Society Conventions, The College Music Society National and International Conventions, and seven performances at the International Double Reed Society Convention.