Fulfilling his previous status as one of the “ones to watch” for 2019, Ian Arber’s career has gone from strength to strength, and this year has proven to be his biggest yet. The year began with the surprise-hit BAFTA winning documentary, Bros: After The Screaming Stops, which he scored with fellow SMA Talent composer and Blur member, David Rowntree. He also scored Heyday Television/NBCU’s six-part conspiracy-thriller The Capture with David for BBC One, starring Holliday Grainger, Callum Turner and Ron Pearlman, directed by Ben Chanan (The Missing).
Earlier in 2019, Ian scored the award-winning documentary, Show Me The Picture: The Story of Jim Marshall, directed by rising star Alfred George-Bailey, and an entrant in DOC NYC in November 2019. In the summer of 2019 Ian was commissioned to write the theme for The BBC Proms. A prestigious opportunity, Ian became the first composer ever to be officially commissioned to write the theme. He also scored feature film Break, which was Rutger Hauer’s last role.
In 2018, Ian scored season two of Netflix’s Medici, starring Sean Bean & Daniel Sharman, expanding on Paolo Buonvino’s music from season one as well as writing new themes. He also scored Fulwell 73’s Hitsville: The Making of Motown, which was released in 2019 on Showtime (US) and in cinemas (UK), Sky Art’s Urban Myths: The Trial of Joan Collins, the multi award-winning horror-thriller Redcon-1 and the social impact documentary Sisters of the Wilderness; which won best film at Durban International Film Festival, qualifying the film for Academy-Award consideration. The score was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London.
In 2017, Ian wrote the music for BBC Two comedy-drama series Quacks starring Rory Kinnear and Rupert Everett, and feature-film My Name Is Lenny starring John Hurt and Chanel Cresswell for Salon Pictures, about the life of one of Britain’s most notorious bare-knuckle fighters, Lenny McLean AKA “The Guv’nor”.
After scoring over 30 films, Ian’s big break came in 2015 assisting composer Joe Kraemer on his score for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. Shortly after this, he scored the coming-of-age feature film Scott and Sid directed by Scott Elliott, which had a theatrical release across the UK, as well as psychological-horror feature Reunion.
The following year, Ian scored the award-winning Paralympics Opening Ceremony Film in 2016 featuring James Corden, as well as award-winning feature documentaries on Usain Bolt, I Am Bolt, and Mo Farrah’s No Easy Mile. He collaborated with Hip-hop legend Nas on the opening titles for I Am Bolt and co-scored No Easy Mile with David Rowntree.
Ian’s film scoring career began in 2011 when he was invited by veteran Hollywood actor, Scott L. Schwartz to score his directorial debut feature, Changing Hands. This allowed him to build a more extensive portfolio of work, gaining valuable experience. With talent such as Eddie Jemison (Ocean’s 11) and Kevin Sorbo (Hercules), the film brought his score a big audience. Since then, Ian built his scoring career and network of contacts, and never looked back…
A classically trained award-winning cello and piano player, Ian has a reputation for pushing the boundaries by experimenting with these, as well as other rare and exotic instruments. Not only is he known for using his cello for melodic phrases throughout his scores, but also unique, intricate percussive and atmospheric elements.
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