Praised for his “excellent” and “precisely attuned” performances (The New York Times), Ian has developed a musical breadth far beyond his years. He made his Kennedy Center debut in 2009 and later that year won a prize created for him at the Salzburg International Marimba Competition.
Ian joined the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two program in 2012, only the second percussionist to do so. He has appeared at the Bay Chamber, Bridgehampton, Chamber Music Northwest, Music@Menlo, Norfolk, and Yellow Barn festivals.
Highlights of his 2017-2018 season included The Industry’s world premiere production of Galileo, with music by Andy Akiho and a libretto by Yuval Sharon; a ten-city tour of the West Coast with Sandbox Percussion; and the world premiere of there is no one, not even the wind by John Luther Adams with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
In early 2017, Ian released his first solo album, Memory Palace on VIA Records. It features five commissions from the last several years and includes collaborations with Brooklyn Rider and Gina Izzo.
Ian is a member of Sandbox Percussion, HOWL, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Foundry, and Novus NY. He has recorded for the Bridge, Innova, Naxos, and Starkland labels and is on the faculty of the Dwight School in Manhattan. He endorses Pearl/Adams instruments, Vic Firth mallets, and Remo drumheads.