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Ivan Trevino (b.1983) is a Mexican-American composer and percussionist who has become a recognizable voice in the percussion community. His honest blend of contemporary, percussive and indie-rock compositions have become standard repertoire in the field of percussion and are regularly performed around the world. He is a multi-award winning recipient of the Percussive Arts Society’s International Composition Contest and has over 70 compositions and songs to his name, many of which were commissioned by leading performers and institutions in the field.

Ivan is well-known for his work as a drummer and composer with Break of Reality, an international touring cello and percussion quartet. As a founding member of the ensemble, Ivan has headlined concerts across North America, South America, and Asia and was named a music ambassador by the U.S. State Department during the Obama administration. His work with Break of Reality has been heard on PBS, Huffington Post, Yahoo Music and is on regular rotation on NPR.

In addition to composing and performing, Ivan is an active educator who has presented educational clinics at hundreds of institutions around the world. He has designed and taught courses at Eastman School of Music and was most recently a faculty member at Baylor University’s School of Music. He is currently an artist and clinician for Vic Firth, Malletech Instruments, Zildjian Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, and Meinl Percussion.

In 2017, Ivan co-founded The Big Trouble alongside composer and percussionist, Drew Worden. The percussion / songwriting collective received a Boston Foundation Artist Grant in 2017, produced and released their self-titled debut album, and was a featured performing ensemble at the 2018 Percussive Arts Society International Convention.

Ivan’s work spans various media including storytelling, poetry, and film scoring. He recently authored Space Junk, a children’s story accompanied by music, with an illustrated book set to release in 2018. His collection of online writings are regularly circulated throughout the arts community, including “My Pretend Music School”, a blog post that sparked debate about music school curriculum and has become required reading for collegiate courses around the U.S.

Ivan received a BM and MM from Eastman School of Music where he studied with John Beck and Michael Burritt. He currently resides in Austin, TX with his wife, Amanda, and their son, Henry.