Ian Wilson is the Head of Woodwind at Eton College, the principal recorder professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and is the visiting recorder specialist at the North East of Scotland Music School in his hometown of Aberdeen.
He studied recorder and clarinet at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where he won the woodwind prize twice (once on each instrument) and gained the Principal’s Prize upon graduation. Other prizes include the Skene Award, a LASMO Staffa Music Award and the Van Wassenaer Competition’s Musica Antica Prize for best individual musician.
As well as the recorder quartet The Flautadors, with whom he has recorded three highly acclaimed albums of British repertoire spanning over 500 years, Ian is a member of the Burney Players and regularly performs concertos with the Adderbury Ensemble.
He has performed as a soloist with many of Europe’s period instrument orchestras including the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, The Irish Baroque Orchestra, Arcangelo and the English Concert and has performed, recorded and broadcast with the The Sixteen, English National Opera, Early Opera Company, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Retrospect Ensemble and contemporary music specialists Kokoro.
As a chamber musician, Ian has performed in many European festivals including the Auvergne and Innsbruck Early Music Festivals, the Edinburgh Festival and the BBC Proms. Outside classical music, Ian can be heard on the latest albums by the band Paris Motel and his live performance with Vashti Bunyan on the BBC’s Jools Holland show featured on the show’s 15 year anniversary DVD. In 2008 his career was the subject of a documentary for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service and in 2010, Ian had the pleasure of teaching Janet Street-Porter for the Sky Arts programme First Love.
In addition to his performing and teaching work Ian has worked as an adjudicator and examiner in the UK, France, Ireland and Hong Kong.