Evan Saddler is a collaborative percussionist interested in synergy between artists from across disciplines and musical genres to venture from the traditional concert experience into unconventional spaces in order to create engaging performances. The first prize winner of the 2014 Kerope Zildjian Percussion Competition and the 2016 Black Swamp Percussion Competition, Evan enjoys performing in a variety of musical contexts ranging from mixed-chamber, orchestral, interdisciplinary artistic collaborations, post-rock, and as a multi-percussion soloist.
Evan recently performed on three world-premieres of pieces for small ensemble during the Bang on a Can Festival at MASSMoCA in 2016. He has also performed with the Michigan Percussion Quartet at the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival in Cape Town, South Africa. Following their residency, the MPQ curated a series of educational workshops at the University of Cape Town and elementary schools throughout the region. Additional performances have included engagements with AXIOM, the New Juilliard Ensemble, the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, and the Creede Repertory Theatre in Creede, Colorado.
In addition to performing, Evan has also worked in artistic planning at the New York Philharmonic and as a Production Associate and Percussion Technician on the 2015 spring tour of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. A graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and the University of Michigan, his teachers include Greg Zuber, Joseph Gramley, Jonathan Ovalle, and Ian Ding. Evan is currently pursuing a master’s degree at The Juilliard School. Aside from music, he enjoys stopovers in Iceland, farmers’ markets, and brewery explorations.