Ian A. Cook (b. 1990) is a composer who writes for many kinds of ensembles, including solo, chamber ensemble, choir, and orchestra. His musical language is often melodically driven and blends traditional and newer styles.
Ian grew up in DeKalb, Illinois where he studied the trombone under teachers such as Mr. Reuben Cooper, Jr., and Mr. Kirk Lundbeck. He graduated from St. Olaf College in 2012 where he studied Instrumental Music Education and Music Theory and Composition under teachers such as Dr. Justin Merritt, Dr. Christopher Aspaas, Mr. Steven Amundson, and Dr. Timothy Mahr. While at St. Olaf Ian performed in many ensembles, including the St. Olaf Philharmonia, the St. Olaf Band, and the St. Olaf Chapel Choir. He now performs with Magnum Chorum and Academy of Voices , two choral ensembles in the Minneapolis area.
Ian was chosen for the 2013 VocalEssence Essentially Choral program, and has had premieres in Minnesota and Illinois, including the Minneapolis-based Lirica Chamber Ensemble under Nicole Parks in 2009.