Born in 1972 in a small country town in NSW, Australia, Ian has been playing piano since the age of 6. He studied classical piano throughout his teens in Gunnedah, and finally completed degrees in performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in the 1990s under Stephanie MacCallum.

Ian attended the local Presbyterian Church in Wee Waa as a boy and grew up surrounded by the sounds of part harmonies and he enjoyed following the lines in the hymn book. He offered to help out playing the piano for the evening youth service, enjoying a collection of hymns and Scripture in Song.

Ian is now married to a beautiful lady and has 4 children. He lives on the East coast of Australia near the city of Newcastle. He heads up the Mathematics department at a local Christian school and tries to find time to continue playing music and learning some of the more difficult pieces that have been long term goals.