Ian was trained at Chetham's School of Music, Manchester, and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. He was the original Musical Director for the UK premieres of Jerry Herman's DEAR WORLD and George Stiles' THE THREE MUSKETEERS. His musical direction credits at London's National Theatre include the controversial award winners JERRY SPRINGER THE OPERA and LONDON ROAD, both world premieres.
He has supervised international productions of CHICAGO in Paris, Stuttgart, Moscow, Seoul, Barcelona, Madrid and Amsterdam. He was Musical Director and Conductor of the London production and conducted the 10th Anniversary Gala performance at the Cambridge Theatre.
As a pianist he has performed extensively throughout Europe, the USA and the Far East as both soloist and chamber player, and made his London solo debut in 1997 at the Purcell Room.
He was nominated for Best Musical Direction at the Broadway World Awards for his work on Cameron Mackintosh's production of BARNUM.