Biography

Ian Assersohn is a composer, arranger and choral director living in Surrey, England. His music has been described as “haunting”, "exquisite", "moving" and "beautiful" and has won praise from such luminaries of the choral world as John Rutter, Judith Weir, Bob Chilcott, Stephen Jackson, Alan Bullard, Brian Kay, and David Hill. His works have been widely performed both in the UK and abroad.

He has had great success in competition: he won the 2018 and 2014 Cornwall International Male Voice Festival composition competitions, the 2016 Bach Choir composition competition, the 2010 Making Music competition,, and the 2014 Nicola Dando Prize, was a finalist in the 2010 Waverley Care carol competition and received an honourable mention in the Boston Choral Ensemble’s composition competition in 2017.

Ian was educated at Westminster School and The Royal College of Music, London, and later at Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag, Netherlands.

For 20 years he worked as a software developer and product manager, only returning to the musician’s life in 2009. Today he enjoys a varied career as a piano teacher, choral director and composer and as a member of ABRSM’s grade examining panel.

2016 saw the premiere of his large-scale cantata of remembrance for three choirs, soloists and orchestra, Dies Irae - described in reviews as “a masterpiece” - and his award-winning “entertainment” for adult and children’s choirs The Pied Piper of Hamelin was premiered at St John’s Smith Square, London by The Bach Choir in June 2017.

Ian’s music is published by his own imprint Apple Tree Music (appletreemusic.net) and his works have appeared in anthologies published by Novello and OUP.

Awards

  • 2018 - winner, Cornwall International Male Voice Festival composition competition, Cambiata category
  • 2018 - 3rd place, Cornwall International Male Voice Festival composition competition, TTBB category
  • 2018 - Longlisted for the Walter Hussey composition competition
  • 2017 - Highly commended, Boston Choral Ensemble Commission Competition
  • 2016 - winner, Bach Choir composition competition
  • 2014 - winner, Cornwall International Male Voice Festival composition competition
  • 2014 - winner, Music Makers of London Nicola Dando Prize
  • 2010 - winner, Making Music composition competition
  • 2010 - Finalist, Waverley Care carol competition