Ian Assersohn (b. 1958) was educated at Westminster School and The Royal College of Music. At the RCM he studied piano with Peter Element and composition with John Lambert whose influential “Experimental Music Group” provided many opportunities for trying out compositional ideas.

Whilst at school he wrote a number of works including an opera "Yesterday's Rainbow", a cello concerto (first performed by Catherine Wilmers) and a music drama on the life of the poet Keats. Works written and performed whilst at the RCM include musical theatre pieces C.3.3 (on Oscar Wilde), Chronicles and From The Fixer as well as a string quartet for the unusual grouping of violin, two violas and cello. Through his involvement and later musical leadership of Imperial College Operatic Society he made his first acquaintance with the craft of conducting.

At the RCM he met his future wife Jan and a year after leaving they moved to the Netherlands where he spent a year at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag studying composition, first with Peter Schaat and later with Louis Andriessen.

On their return from the Netherlands, Jan and Ian established a music school in a newly-bought house in Fetcham, Surrey, which they ran for a number of years. Developing an interest in recording and the then new field of computer-based music, Ian started an electronic music studio “Sequenza Music” with his friend Stephen Frost, first from his house and later from a studio in Soho Square. With Stephen he created music for several television documentaries including Darshan: An Indian Journey as well as a number of experimental electronic works.

In 1990 Sequenza was closed up and Ian moved into a different field, taking work as a software developer in the relatively new field of Artificial Intelligence. For the next 20 years he worked for software companies, initially as a developer and later in a product management role, but in 2001 he took on the conductorship of Leatherhead Choral Society, beginning a relationship that continues to this day, and in 2009 he returned full-time to music.

Today Ian enjoys a full-time career as a composer, choral director, ABRSM examiner, piano teacher and accompanist.


  • 2017 - Highly commended, Boston Choral Ensemble Commission Competition
  • 2016 - winner, Bach Choir composition competition
  • 2014 - winner, Cornwall International Male Voice Festival composition competition (and highly commended in 2016)
  • 2014 - winner, Music Makers of London Nicola Dando Prize
  • 2010 - winner, Making Music composition competition
  • 2010 - Finalist, Waverley Care carol competition