As a composer, Ivan’s music is regularly performed around the world and has become standard repertoire in the field of percussion. He is a multi-award winning recipient of the Percussive Arts Society’s International Composition Contest and has composed over 30 works for the percussion idiom, many of which were commissioned by leading performers and universities in the field.
Ivan is also a songwriter and percussionist with Break of Reality, an international touring cello and percussion quartet. As a member of Break of Reality, Ivan has headlined concerts across North America, South America, and Asia and was named a music ambassador for the U.S. State Department in 2015. His drumming and songwriting with Break of Reality have been heard on NPR, PBS, Huffington Post and Yahoo Music.
In addition to composing and performing, Ivan is also an active educator. He is a member of the percussion faculty at Baylor University and frequently attends colleges and universities as a guest artist and lecturer. He is currently an artist / clinician for Malletech Instruments and Mallets, Zildjian Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, and Meinl Percussion. In 2014, Malletech collaborated with Ivan to design his signature marimba mallets, which are now distributed to percussionists around the world.
Away from music, Ivan enjoys writing and blogging. His 2014 blog post “My Pretend Music School” received widespread acclaim, sparked debate about music school curriculum, and has reached over 45,000 readers to date. He occasionally writes stories and poetry, and recently completed Space Junk, a children’s story accompanied by music, set to release in 2017.
Ivan received a BM and MM from Eastman School of Music, where he went on to design and teach a course in music business before moving to Austin in 2014.