Currently, Ian is a Toronto-based pianist and composer with a primary focus in jazz and related creative music. His current Toronto-based acoustic quartet includes three of the city's most respected jazz musicians, all of whom have appeared with their own award-winning groups - Jim Lewis, Nick Fraser, and Mark Godfrey. With a "Creation Grant" awarded by the Toronto Arts Council, Ian recently composed new works for this group. After receiving an "Artist Development" grant awarded by FACTOR, Ian recorded these and other compositions in April and the album, Know the Reflection, was officially released at a performance event on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 at The Rex in Toronto.
Ian has performed at many of the city's best-known jazz venues as well as at Canadian international jazz festivals. High-profile engagements as leader have included opening for Grammy nominated singer Cécile McLorin-Salvant at the 2015 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 February of 2013, in support of their debut CD of Ian's original compositions. 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 band member, he has played everything from classic to contemporary popular music in a host of genres - 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, Prince Charles. He has also played for numerous musical theatre productions including Drayton Entertainment's production of High School Musical featuring Canadian Idol winner Melissa O'Neil.
Ian has recently completed the Doctorate of Musical Arts in Performance (with jazz emphasis) program at the University of Toronto. From 2006 through 2007, he attended the University of North Texas where he completed his Masters in Music (Jazz Studies - Performance). 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 received lessons in classical piano.
"A Kind of Portrait"
Original Composition featuring Mike Murley
Original Composition with A Series of Tubes
Composer - television commercial soundtrack
65th Yorkton Film Festival