Professor Ian Wilson BMus PGDipMus LGSM FHEA

Key details:

Chamber Music | Wind, Brass & Percussion
Recorder, Teaching Skills & Professional Studies, and Recorder Consort (Wind, Brass & Percussion); Chamber Music Coach (Chamber Music)
Ian Wilson


Ian Wilson is the principal recorder professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, the Head of Woodwind at Eton College and is the visiting recorder specialist at the North East of Scotland Music School in his hometown of Aberdeen.  

He performs regularly with The Sixteen, English National Opera, Arcangelo, The Gabrieli Consort and the Early Opera Company and has in recent years, performed with orchestras across the world including The Budapest Festival Orchestra, The Armenian State Symphony Orchestra, The Korean Symphony Orchestra, The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra and The Irish Baroque Orchestra. He is a founding member of the recorder quartet The Flautadors, with whom he has recorded five highly acclaimed albums.  

As a chamber musician and soloist, Ian has performed in many European festivals including the Auvergne, East Cork and Innsbruck Early Music Festivals, the Edinburgh Festival, Skálholt Festival in Iceland, Oxford Lieder Festival and the BBC Proms. Outside classical music, Ian can be heard on albums by Paris Motel and singer-songwriter Vashti Bunyan.  

His career was the subject of a radio documentary for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service and on television he had the pleasure of teaching Janet Street-Porter for the Sky Arts programme First Love. 

In addition to his performing and teaching work Ian has worked as an adjudicator and examiner in the UK, France, Ireland and Hong Kong and he is the conductor and musical director of the Scottish Recorder Orchestra.  

He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and had the title of Professor conferred upon him by the Guildhall School in recognition of his work within the institution.