Iain Masson was born in Dundee in 1981 and graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire after studying with John Mayer. He completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Composition with Merit at the Royal Northern College of Music studying with Adam Gorb fully funded by the Scottish government, and where he won the 2005 RNCM Alan Rawsthorne Composition Prize. He was Assistant Trainee Composer with the Hallé's Education Programme in 2005 and he has delivered music workshops for City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra's education department.
Iain is the former Resident Pianist of the Swallow Hotel Dundee, Wigmore's and Bar Epernay in Birmingham. As a conductor, he has conducted groups including West Midlands Concert Band and Birmingham Concert Orchestra.
Iain's compositions have been performed in venues including BBC Broadcasting House, the Regent Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, Hall One King's Place, the Italian Culture Institute in Stockholm, the Royal Swedish Opera and Brighton Corn Exchange. Performers include the Brodsky Quartet, the RNCM New Ensemble, Goldberg Ensemble, Royal Swedish Opera's Ian Power, Pianist Mirian Creaser and musical Cats' Adam Linstead.
He is a past recipient of the Dr. Kenneth Ruark Memorial Award for Citizenship in Scotland, Evelyn Forbes Ruark Memorial Scholarship for Solo Piano Performance, the Dr. and Mrs. William Christie Piano Trio Rosebowl and the Miss K.H. McLauchlan Cup for Piano Performance.
In 2015 he was proudly conferred with Honorary Membership of Birmingham Conservatoire (HonBC) for services to music in the ten years following graduation.
Iain is a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians.