Ian Glen began playing the bassoon at the age of 13 on the advice of a music teacher who had the misfortune of hearing Ian’s somewhat lacklustre attempts at playing the flute. It was love at first site and six months later Ian was awarded a place at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester where he studied bassoon with Charles Cracknel MBE.
Ian continued his musical studies in London at the City University and Guildhall School of Music where he was awarded a scholarship to study bassoon as a postgraduate. Ian’s wind Quintet “Epsilon” formed whilst at University, were double prize winners at the Colmar International Festival in 1983 – acheiving best young quintet and second overall (to the local professional quintet, quel surprise.). The Epsilon Wind Quintet received critical acclaim for their Wigmore Hall debut the following year.
Ian has performed as a chamber musician, orchestral player and soloist, and
recently played Francisco Mignone's Concertino for bassoon and orchestra with the Brighton Symphony Orchestra. An interest in contemporary music has led to compositions by Michael Finnissy, Paul Carr and Barry Mills, amongst others, for Ian to perform.
Future projects include, a new bassoon concerto by Jonathan Clark to be premiered with The Musicians of All Saints in July and revisiting Mozart's bassoon concerto.
"The bassoon solo........ was the highlight of the concert"