Iain Masson was born in Dundee, 1981. He grew up in the Scottish golfing town of Carnoustie, Angus. At the age of 16 was appointed Resident Pianist of the Swallow Hotel Dundee (now the DoubleTree by Hilton) and won the Miss K.H. McLauchlan Cup and the Evelyn Forbes Ruark Memorial Scholarship for Piano Performance. He also played weekly at Wigmore's Wine Bar and Bistro in Broughty Ferry, Dundee and on occasion performed at the St. Andrew's Old Course Hotel. Iain was awarded the Dr. Kenneth Ruark Memorial Award for Citizenship in 1999 for pioneering his own paired reading activities for children with additional support needs through the device of music.
At 21, Iain became a Resident Pianist at Bar Epernay, Birmingham's premier champagne and piano bar in the Mailbox, home of BBC Birmingham. Playing occasional weekday lunch shifts, Iain was later given weekday lunch and evening slots before gaining promotion to main Friday and Saturday night solo Resident Pianist which he held for several years. He performed as part of a broadcast of the BBC's 'Working Lunch' live on BBC One as resident pianist presented by Adrian Chiles, and performed to many thousands of local clients in Birmingham each year.
Iain has performed for conferences, corporate delegates, international tours and coach parties, wedding exhibitions, charity benefit banquets and sports clubs, and personalities including celebrity chef Brian Turner.
Iain is a former conductor of the Alveley Village Band and West Midlands Concert Band, and has worked with many local amateur groups as a community music worker.
In 2007, Iain was employed as a creative partner by Creative Partnerships Black Country to enhance the local creative music curriculum, delivering music creativity workshops and activities. Iain also accompanies school choirs and productions, concerts, events and competitions. His workshops as a creativity partner have been ranked as 'Outstanding' by Ofsted. Iain continues to deliver creative music work in the area a decade on.
Iain has performed his own piano compositions in venues such as the Birmingham Conservatoire Recital Hall in Paradise Place and the Royal Northern College of Music Lord Rhodes Room.
Iain holds a BMus(Honours) in Composition from Birmingham Conservatoire and a PGDip (Merit) in Composition from the Royal Northern College of Music. He was fortunate to study with teachers including Thomas Simaku, John Mayer and Adam Gorb. He attended private tuition in Preston with Richard Evans who introduced him to scores by Mozart and the romantic orchestral music and musical treatments of Sibelius, as well as advising on player management and coaching techniques.
Some places where Iain's music has been performed:
- The Adrian Boult Hall
- BBC Broadcasting House in London
- The Bridgewater Hall
- Royal Northern College of Music Concert Hall
- Brighton Corn Exchange
- Birmingham Conservatoire Recital Hall
- Hall One, King's Place London
- The Cosmo Rodewald Hall in the Martin Harris Centre (University of Manchester)
- Italian Culture Institute Stockholm
- Kungliga Operan (Royal Swedish National Opera)
- Regent Hall, London
- The ICC - International Convention Centre Birmingham
- The RNCM Lord Rhodes Room
Performers include the world renowned Brodsky Quartet, RNCM New Ensemble and the Goldberg Ensemble. Iain has had his music broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 from BBC Broadcasting House by the Brodsky Quartet.
In 2015 Iain was proudly conferred with Honorary Membership of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (HonBC) for services to the music profession in the ten years following graduation.
Iain delivers music workshops and projects for Wolverhampton City Council.
Iain became a Piano Tutor at Shades Music in Moseley in June 2017. He continues to compose alongside his teaching work.