Ian Sullivan is the Principal Timpanist of the New York City Ballet Orchestra. He also performs with the Metropolitan Opera percussion section. He has performed with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble at Damrosch Park for a broadcast of “Live at Lincoln Center” and at the Tanglewood Music Center. He has appeared as principal timpanist with the New York Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in Kuala Lumpur. He has appeared on numerous occasions at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Seiji Ozawa Hall, playing with various orchestras and ensembles.
As a soloist Ian has performed major works in high-profile New York venues, including the Carnegie Hall premiere of Olivier Messiaen’s Des Canyons Aux Étoiles under Maestro Robert Spano. An avid new music performer, Ian has performed with AXIOM Ensemble, Trinity - Novus NY, and Ensemble ACJW in venues such as (le) poisson rouge, SubCulture, Galapagos Art Space and the Guggenheim Museum.
He has spent summers playing in Festival Orchestras in Verbier (Switzerland), Tanglewood Music Center, Pacific Music Festival (Japan) and the Aspen Music Festival. Ian is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and holds a BM from the University of Michigan and a MM from the Juilliard School. Ian spent 2012-2014 as a member of Ensemble ACJW and continues to work as a teaching artist and advisor for Carnegie Hall.