"dem tollen Bratschisten Ian Anderson" ("the great violist Ian Anderson") | Benedikt von Bernstorff, Der Tagesspiegel; IMOGEN at the Berlin Konzerthaus, May 2016

Ian Anderson plays in many different ensembles, including yllwshrk (alternative rock band, ‘yellow shark’, where he plays guitar and writes music), Wooden Elephant (string quintet which creates totally acoustic versions of classic electronic-based albums and presents them in their entirety as singular long-form compositions), Scottish Ballet (where he holds the position of Principal Viola), and Duo van Vliet. He is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London (undergraduate viola with James Sleigh, where he won the Maurice Loban Prize for viola final recitals) and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow (postgraduate composition with David Fennessy).

yllwshrk have received grants from both Arts Council England and Creative Scotland towards the recording their debut album, due for release in August 2019 on Irish experimental label, Diatribe Records. It will feature collaborations with the London Contemporary Orchestra, Scottish singer-songwriter Siobhan Wilson, the Maxwell String Quartet, Scottish Jazz pianist Fergus McCreadie, saxophonist Nick Roth, and dancers and choreographers from Scottish Ballet.

Recent highlights include playing on Radiohead’s latest album A Moon Shaped Pool as part of the London Contemporary Orchestra; the release of Duo van Vliet’s debut album Lachrymae ReVisited on Orchid Classics (shortlisted for Recording of the Year at the 2018 New Music Scotland Awards); and the launch and development of Wooden Elephant.

Ian is a former Principal Viola of the European Union Youth Orchestra, and plays on a 2003 John Dilworth viola, purchased with support from the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund.

@musicianderson | yllwshrk.com | woodenelephantmusic.com

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