Iain L. Masson was appointed Resident Pianist of the Swallow Hotel Dundee at the age of 16 where he performed for local, national and international clientele, small and large-scale functions and corporate clients including Rangers Football Club, Scottish Brides Wedding Exhibition and Celebrity Chef Brian Turner. He then additionally became resident pianist at Wigmore's Wine Bar and Bistro in Broughty Ferry at 17 and on occasion played at the five star Old Course Hotel in St. Andrews.
At the age of 21 he became a weekday Resident Pianist at Bar Epernay in the Mailbox, Birmingham playing on weekday afternoons and evenings. In 2004 he became the prime-time Friday and Saturday night pianist in the bar as solo pianist, a role he held until 2008. Iain played an incidental role as resident pianist in an episode of 'Working Lunch' filmed at the Mailbox Birmingham during regional coverage of the 2004 Chancellor's Budget Report, live on BBC One presented by Adrian Chiles.
He was taught by Maureen Rutherford, Pauline Robertson and Kathleen Renilson. Prizes include the 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.
He has performed his own piano compositions at Birmingham Conservatoire (now Royal Birmingham Conservatoire) and the Royal Northern College of Music. Performers of his piano music include Mirian Creaser and Peter Rossiter.
Iain now works as a piano tutor at Shades Music in Moseley, a keyboard and piano tutor for Star Harmony Music and is an accompanist at three Midland schools.