Photo: Ruth Atkinson Photography
Photo: Ruth Atkinson Photography

British pianist Ian Tindale is increasingly in demand in song and chamber music and has performed across London, the UK and Europe. 


Ian read Music at Selwyn College, Cambridge, and continued his studies at the Royal College of Music (RCM) in London with Simon Lepper, John Blakely and Roger Vignoles; he graduated with distinction in 2013. In 2017 Ian was awarded the Pianist’s Prize in the Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation Song Competition following performances with duo partner soprano Harriet Burns. Ian has also won accompaniment prizes at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards, Royal Overseas League Music Competition, Gerald Moore Award and Maggie Teyte Competition. 

Ian has worked with established artists Ailish Tynan, Christopher Purves, Susan Bullock and Nicky Spence and performed in masterclasses with Graham Johnson, Malcolm Martineau, Sarah Connolly, Gerald Finley, Thomas Allen, John Tomlinson, Felicity Lott, Brigitte Fassbaender, Elly Ameling and Olaf Bär. Ian was a soloist for a royal audience at Buckingham Palace as part of the Royal Music Day for Schools, and 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. In both 2016 and 2017 Ian performed at the Wigmore Hall Samling Showcase after being selected as a Samling Artist in 2014, and he continues to work as a pianist and coach for Samling Academy. Ian is also a Britten Pears Young Artist.


In 2018, Ian gave the world premiere of Daniel Kidane’s Songs of Illumination at the Leeds Lieder Festival with tenor Nick Pritchard. They gave the work its second performance in June 2019 in Harrogate, alongside song cycles by Finzi and Schumann. Ian returned to Leeds with Laurence Kilsby in 2021 to present a programme of Schubert, Schoenberg and Wolf. 

Ian has formed a fruitful collaborative partnership with soprano Harriet Burns: they were awarded the Contemporary Song Prize in the 2019 International Vocal Competition in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, and most recently they won the Maureen Forrester Second Prize and Prize for German Lied in the Art Song division of the Concours Musical International de Montreal. Together, they have also appeared in recital at the International Lied Festival Zeist, at the Oxford Lieder Festival, and at the Ryedale Festival where they collaborated with the Albion Quartet and flautist Adam Walker. 

Other performance highlights for Ian include a recital tour throughout Europe with baritone and ECHO Rising Star Josep-Ramon Olivé in venues including Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, and Palau de la Música, Barcelona; a recital at the Wigmore Hall with soprano Soraya Mafi as part of their 'Relaxed Concerts' series; a programme of songs on the topic of the natural world with baritone and BBC New Generation Artist James Newby for Lewes Festival of Song; Britten, Tippett and Shostakovich songs for English Touring Opera and Marquee Arts TV; and the 25th anniversary Samling Artist Showcase at Wigmore Hall


Recent recording projects include a sequence of song recitals video-recorded in lockdown with singers such as Robin Tritschler and Julien van Mellaerts, and the first two discs as a solo pianist and with Ensemble Kopernikus in a planned series of recordings exploring the chamber music of Percy Hilder Miles for MPR.


Ian is also Founder and Artistic Director of Shipston Song, a new song festival on the edge of the Cotswolds, which will have its inaugural festival in September 2022.