Ian Anderson

Ian Anderson


Ian Anderson plays in many different ensembles, including yllwshrk (alternative rock band, ‘yellow shark’, where he plays guitar and writes music), Duo van Vliet (viola and accordion duo), Scottish Ballet (where he holds the position of Principal Viola), and Wooden Elephant. 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).

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.