Originally from Wauwatosa, WI, Ian now lives in Colorado’s Front Range, actively performing in bluegrass, acoustic, and chamber ensembles. He started playing bluegrass and folk music around 2007, playing around Wisconsin at various venues and bluegrass festivals. After catching the bluegrass bug and playing in the youth orchestra, school orchestra and jazz bands, he went to continue his studies and got his BM at CU Boulder on the double bass (graduated 2014).
Though focusing on orchestral and solo bass repertoire, most of his nights and weekends were spent pickin' tunes and immersing himself in the vibrant local acoustic music community of the Boulder area. Ian found that his classical studies only enriched his true musical love: playing bluegrass, fiddle tunes, old time, and newgrass styles.
Since then, Ian has been performing in several Front Range acoustic bands: Long Road Home, The Martin Gilmore Trio, and Thunder and Rain. With these groups, he has played at many Colorado festivals, toured around the US, played on Vancouver Island, toured Ireland, and has no plans on stopping his musical travels. He has performed with several orchestras around Colorado and Wyoming, and has played on stage with local and national touring acts including Jayme Stone and the Jeff Austin Band.
Currently, Ian is working on his Masters in Music performance at the University of Northern Colorado, as the bass teaching assistant, studying with Colorado Symphony bassist, Nicholas Recuber. He also is doing a Masters certificate in UNC’s new Bluegrass & Folk Studies program, studying with Eric Thorin.