Currently, Ian is a Saskatoon-based pianist and composer with a primary focus in jazz and related creative music. He has played in recent years with a Toronto-based acoustic quartet includes three of the city's most celebrated young jazz musicians-Allison Au, Nick Fraser, and Mark Godfrey-all of whom have appeared with their own award-winning groups. Earlier, with a "Creation Grant" awarded by the Toronto Arts Council, Ian composed new works for this group. After receiving an "Artist Development" grant awarded by FACTOR, Ian recorded these and other compositions and the album, Know the Reflection, was officially released at a performance event in 2018 at The Rex in Toronto.
Ian has performed at many of the best-known Canadian jazz venues as well as at major Canadian international jazz festivals. High-profile engagements as leader have included opening for Grammy-winning singer Cécile McLorin-Salvant at the SaskTel International Jazz Festival as part of the Nissen-Sinclair Quartet. In addition, another of his projects, an electronic trio he has led called A Series of Tubes, completed a tour of the Canadian prairies. In addition, Ian has performed with many other award-winning veteran Canadian musicians including Dave Young, Terry Promane, Mike Murley, Kelly Jefferson, Brad Turner, Hugh Fraser, Christine Jensen, and Ingrid Jensen.
Ian has also had other wide-ranging experience as a professional freelance pianist/keyboardist. As a solo artist and ensemble member, he has played everything from classic to contemporary popular music in a host of genres - musical theatre, dance pop, R&B, hip-hop, country, rock, and more. He has played numerous engagements including not only weddings and private parties, but also special events for high-profile clients including the executives of the Microsoft Corporation, the President of the University of Toronto, and His Royal Highness, King Charles.
Ian completed the Doctorate of Musical Arts in Performance (with jazz emphasis) program at the University of Toronto and a Masters in Music (Jazz Studies) at the University of North Texas. While at the University of North Texas, he was selected to play with the award-winning 2 O'Clock Lab Band and was part of a group that was co-winner of a prestigious national award - a Down Beat Student Award for Outstanding College Jazz Small Group. He also has a Bachelor's of Music and Bachelor's of Education from the University of Saskatchewan where he also received lessons in classical piano.