Biography

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Iain Masson is a Scottish musician, 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 was the winner of the Miss K.H. McLauchlan Cup and the Evelyn Forbes Ruark Memorial Scholarship for Piano Performance. He performed 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.

Iain studied Composition at Birmingham Conservatoire (now Royal Birmingham Conservatoire) as an Undergraduate and studied as a Postgraduate at the Royal Northern College of Music where he won the RNCM Alan Rawsthorne Composition Prize. His principal teachers were John Mayer and Adam Gorb respectively.

At age 21, Iain became a Resident Pianist at Bar Epernay, Birmingham's premier champagne and piano bar in the Mailbox, home of BBC Birmingham. Iain performed at the bar across the week and gained promotion to main Friday and Saturday night weekend Resident Pianist, a position which he held for several years. Iain performed to many thousands of local clients in Birmingham each year and took part in a recording of Working Lunch with Adrian Chiles from the Mailbox.

He has played for conferences, corporate banquets, international tours, wedding exhibitions, charity benefit banquets and football clubs as a pianist, and for celebrity chef Brian Turner.

Iain was employed by Creative Partnerships Black Country in 2007 to develop creativity through music with staff and students in Bilston, delivering weekly activities and supporting an enhanced music curriculum. His workshops are ranked as 'Outstanding' by Ofsted during inspections. 2018 is his 11th year in his role.

He has performed his piano compositions in venues such as the Birmingham Conservatoire Recital Hall and the Royal Northern College of Music.

Performance venues of Iain's compositions include:

Adrian Boult Hall Birmingham, BBC Broadcasting House in London, 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, RNCM Lord Rhodes Room, Hawkwood College, Stroud.

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.

Iain holds a BMus(Hons) in Composition and a Postgraduate Diploma in Composition with Merit. 

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 became a tutor at Shades Music in June 2017.

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