Universal Edition - Ian Wilson


Ian Wilson

The Composer

Ian Wilson was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1964 and began composing while at university. He has since written over one hundred and fifty works, including chamber operas, concertos, string quartets, a range of orchestral and chamber music and multi-media pieces. His compositions have been performed and broadcast on six continents and presented at festivals including the BBC Proms, Venice Biennale and Frankfurt Bookfair and at venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Royal Albert and Wigmore Halls, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Muziekgebouw, Vienna’s Musikverein and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. Ian has in recent years also worked with jazz musicians, Asian tabla and ...


About the Music

For Ian Wilson, art is “someone’s perception of the world made visible”.

Wilson’s view of the world is expressed as an accumulation of different perspectives encompassing nature (Timelessly This, Between the moon and the deep blue sea), the work of visual artists (An Angel Serves a Small Breakfast, Abyssal), abstract musical thought (Limena, Eigenschatten) and meta-commentaries on pre-existing texts (Hamelin, Humpty Dumpty). But it is also life experience itself that generates Wilson’s work, with the artist not observing from a distance but rather engaging in commentary through direct involvement in the world around him: life, death and faith are threads that affirm an ...



Wilson Winter finding CDIan Wilson’s latest CD, Winter finding, has just been released on the RTÉ Lyric fm label. Gerhard Markson and David Porcelijn conduct the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. The works included are an angel serves a small breakfast (1999, violin soloist Rebecca Hirsch), Man-o’-War (2001), Licht/ung (2004) and Winter finding (2004/5).

Andrew Clements writes in the Guardian, “After recent discs of Ian Wilson's string quartets and works for string orchestra, this strikingly well‑performed collection shows the northern Irishman working with a much more vivid instrumental palette. ... Perhaps the most impressive work, though, is the earliest – the violin concerto from ...


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