Evan Ritter

Piano, Violin Teacher

SAA Member

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Richardson, TX
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Evan Ritter is a pianist, composer, and pedagogue based in Austin, Texas. A recent graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Evan received his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance as well as Master’s Degrees in both Piano Performance and Literature and Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music. In Fall 2021, Evan will begin an Artist Diploma at the UT Austin Butler School of Music. He will be studying with Anton Nel, and is the first pianist to have been admitted to the program. In earlier years, Evan studied violin and piano at the Suzuki Music Institute of Dallas with Nicolette Solomon and Dr. Bret Serrin.

Since his debut with orchestra in 2006, Evan has performed with the Plano and Fort Worth Symphonies under the batons of Hector Guzman and Andres Franco, respectively. He has received top prizes in competitions including the Sixth International Chopin Youth Piano Competition, WRR Young Artist Piano Competition, Juanita Miller Concerto Competition, Hubbard Chamber Music Competition, Lynn Harrell Concerto Competition and the Fort Worth Symphony Young Artists Competition.

A passionate chamber musician as well as soloist, Evan is a founding member of the Windsor Piano Trio. In 2017, the group claimed first prize at the National MTNA Competition and were finalists at the Coltman Chamber Music Competition in 2016. The Windsor Trio was closely mentored by Professors Elinor Freer and David Ying at the Eastman School of Music. There, they also performed in masterclasses for Trio Cleonice and the Kalichstein Laredo-Robinson Trio.

Outside of performance, Evan has taught students of all ages and levels for the past eight years. In 2015 and 2016, he was a faculty member and director of the Southeast Asia Music Festival. There, he worked with a studio of students from the Philippines, teaching private lessons, masterclasses, and group classes. As part of his position, he performed in cities in the Philippines including Valencia City, Manila, and Bukidnon. Inspired by his own Filipino heritage, Evan is driven to foster a love of music in other young Filipino students. From 2018 to 2021 he was a piano faculty intern at the Eastman Community Music School.

When not practicing or teaching, Evan loves video games, reading, and making visual art!