Ian Cleworth


What sparks creativity for you?


It’s fleeting and totally intangible... mostly I just play around on my instruments and wait for an idea to emerge. Then the hard work starts!

Short Bio

Ian co-founded Taikoz in 1997 with shakuhachi Grand Master Riley Lee and has been the ensemble’s Artistic Director since. In 2005 he became full-time with the group after having spent 20 years as Principal Percussionist with the Sydney Symphony and 16 years with the percussion group Synergy.

Ian is a performer, composer and teacher, and as a member of Taikoz has collaborated with artists as diverse as John Bell and the Bell Shakespeare Company, Sandy Evans, Lachlan Skipworth, Chieko Kojima and choreographers Meryl Tankard and Anandavalli.

In 2007 Ian received the APRA-AMC Classical Music Award for Long-term Contribution for the Advancement Of Australian Music, and in 2016, the Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation for his contribution towards promoting friendship and goodwill between Australia and Japan.

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