Biography


Photo: Ruth Atkinson Photography
Photo: Ruth Atkinson Photography

Collaborative pianist Ian Tindale was awarded the Pianist’s Prize in the 2017 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation Song Competition following performances with duo partner soprano Harriet Burns. He has also won accompaniment prizes at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards, Royal Overseas League Music Competition, Gerald Moore Award and Maggie Teyte Competition.

 

Ian has performed with singers at venues across London, the UK and in Europe. Recent engagements have included concerts at Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, St John’s Smith Square as well as at the Oxford Lieder Festival, Ryedale Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Buxton Festival and further afield in France, Austria, Corfu and Malta. He has recently performed with established artists such as Christopher Purves and Susan Bullock, and Ian regularly collaborates with rising stars Soraya Mafi, Anna Harvey, Eleanor Dennis, Nick Pritchard, Rowan Pierce and Nicky Spence. He has performed on BBC Radio 3 ‘In Tune’ on numerous occasions, and he recently appeared on BBC2 ‘Proms Extra’ with Ailish Tynan. In 2005 he performed for a royal audience at Buckingham Palace as part of a Royal Music Day for Schools, and under the auspices of the Royal College of Music (RCM) he has performed at the British Ambassador’s Residence in Paris and for visits to the RCM of the First Lady of China and RCM President HRH the Prince of Wales.

 

Ian, originally from Oxfordshire, read Music at Selwyn College, Cambridge, where he was also Organ Scholar. He graduated with a double first in 2011, receiving the Tony Bland Prize for academic achievement, the Williamson Prize for performance and the Brian Runnett Prize for organ. In 2013 Ian graduated from the Master of Performance course in Piano Accompaniment at the Royal College of Music (RCM) with Distinction following studies with Simon Lepper, John Blakely and Roger Vignoles. Subsequently Ian was the Lord and Lady Lurgan Junior Fellow in Piano Accompaniment at the RCM, and he was also involved in concert projects celebrating the songs of Poulenc, Britten, Jonathan Dove, Vaughan Williams and Wolf.

 

As a repetiteur Ian has worked with Ryedale Festival Opera (The Coronation of Poppea; Alcina, as musical director) Longborough Festival Opera (Fidelio) and the RCM International Opera School (La finta giardiniera; Cunning Little Vixen), and he regularly appears as a harpsichord and continuo player with baroque ensembles across London. As an orchestral keyboard player Ian has appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra (most recently as soloist in Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No.5), Philharmonia Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera. Since 2013 he has been accompanist of the Whitehall Choir, and he is a regular deputy accompanist for the Philharmonia Chorus. As an organist, Ian gained the Fellowship Diploma of the Royal College of Organists (FRCO) in 2012, and he is now Visiting Organist of St Mary’s Church, Merton Park. 

 

For all Ian’s future engagements, please see Diary.