Ian B. Davidson, D.M.A.
Regents’ and University Distinguished Professor - Texas State University
Fulbright Senior Specialist - United States Department of State
English Horn and Associate Principal Oboe - Austin Symphony Orchestra English Horn and Assistant Principal Oboe - Austin Opera Orchestra
Oboist Ian Davidson has appeared as soloist and chamber musician on six continents. His many international concerts have taken him to Italy, England, Russia, Australia, Brazil, Argentina, Scotland, Austria, Slovakia, Croatia, Poland, The People’s Republic of China, Hungary, Czech Republic, Korea, and the Republic of South Africa.
He is Associate Principal Oboe of the Austin Symphony Orchestra, and Assistant Principal Oboe of the Austin Lyric Opera Orchestra. Other engagements include stints as Principal Oboe of the Dallas Bach Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Dallas and the Austin Sinfonietta as well as Assistant Principal /Utility Oboe of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, Co-Principal Oboe of the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, and Solo English Horn of the Bear Valley Music Festival.
Concerto appearances include the Dallas Bach Orchestra, the Austin Chamber Orchestra, the Austin Sinfonietta, Dallas Chamber Orchestra, the Laredo Philharmonic, Chamber Soloists of Austin, Balcones Chamber Orchestra, and the Bear Valley Symphony Orchestra. International recitals and residencies include the Moscow Conservatory of Music, Hong Kong Baptist University, the University of Silesia, Trinity College of Music in London, the Institute of Culture in St. Petersburg, the University of Piui in Brazil, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa, and the State Conservatory of Music in Bratislava.
His festival appearances in the Aspen Music Festival, the Victoria Bach Festival, the Grand Teton Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Bear Valley Music Festival, Blue Lake Festival, Mendocino Music Festival, Festivale da Musica Camera, the Assisi Chamber Music Festival, and the Festivale dei due Mondi.
Dr. Davidson is a founding member of the Wild Basin Winds, an Austin-based national woodwind quintet that has performed in such locations as the Kennedy Center and the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, and has commissioned, recorded, and premiered dozens of new works.
His recordings include numerous television commercials, pop music recordings, the movie “Spy Kids II”, and six recordings with the Wild Basin Winds - “Christmas”, “High-Wood”, “Three for Three”, “The Ugly Duckling and Other Stories”, “Wild Basin Music”, and “Ferdinand the Bull” - all available on iTunes.
Recognized for outstanding contributions in teaching, service and scholarly/creative activity, he has received twelve Presidential Award Nominations, a Grammy Nomination, been twice named “Favorite Professor” by the Alpha Chi Honor Society, was invited to present the Dean’s Seminar, and was elected to the TSU Faculty Senate. In 2003 he was nominated by the Austin Critics Round Table as “Best Instrumental Soloist” for his work with the Chamber Soloists of Austin, performing the Complete Brandenburg Concertos of J.S. Bach.
Conference and Convention performances include the Texas Music Educator's Association, Texas Band Master's Association, National Flute Association, International Clarinet Association, International Trumpet Guild, Society of Composer's International, NACUSA, Regional College Music Society Conventions, The College Music Society National and International Conventions, and five performances at the International Double Reed Society Convention.
A two-time college nominee, Dr. Davidson was awarded the Presidential Award for Outstanding Scholarly / Creative Activities in 1999.
Dr. Davidson holds degrees from DePauw University and the University of Texas and teaches at Texas State University, where he holds the rank of Professor.