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 had a long association with CHICAGO THE MUSICAL, as Musical Supervisor overseeing international productions in Paris, Stuttgart, Moscow, Seoul, Barcelona, Madrid and Amsterdam. He was Musical Director and Conductor of the recent production at the Phoenix Theatre, London.
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 Musical Director for TEN - A DECADE OF DREAMS at the London Palladium, a star studded Variety Gala in aid of the breast cancer charity Future Dreams, which raised in excess of £725,000. Artists included All Saints, Paloma Faith, Alexandra Burke, Melanie C and the West End casts of CHICAGO, DREAMGIRLS and MAMMA MIA!
He has been twice nominated for Best Musical Direction at the Broadway World Awards for his work on Cameron Mackintosh's production of BARNUM and most recently for the West End production of CHICAGO at the Phoenix Theatre.