Ian ARBER – composer

Ian Arber is on the “ones to watch” list for 2019.  Started with the surprise hit feature doc,  Bros : After The Screaming Stops which he scored with fellow SMA Talent composer and member of Blur, David Rowntree. It was shown in cinemas, Netflix and the BBC.  He’s already begun working with Rupert and Harry Gregson-Williams on several projects for 2019, as well as shows on his own for later in the year.

In 2018, he completed the score for the theatrical release horror-thriller Redcon-1 and which continues to be screened round the globe;  series 2 of Netflix’s Medici-Masters of Florence: The Magnificent (broadcast early 2019), Sky’s Urban Myths: The Trial of Joan Collins, and Fulwell 73’s Hitsville: The Story of Motown.  Ian also scored social impact, feature-documentary Sisters of the Wilderness directed by award-winning South African documentary filmmaker, Karin Slater, and which won Best South African Feature Documentary at Durban International Film Festival 2018 and qualified for an Oscar consideration. The film had its International Premiere at the International Film Festival in Rotterdam on the 26th January. The score was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London. 

With over 30 films in the bag, 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 Elliot, which had a theatrical release across the UK.

Ian wrote the music for the iconic award-winning Paralympics Opening Ceremony film in 2016 featuring James Cordon, as well as award-winning feature docs on Usain Bolt, the theatrical release 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 Blur drummer Dave Rowntree.

More recently, Ian wrote the music for BBC2’s hit comedy-drama series Quacks 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”. The soundtrack has been released on Moviescore Media.

Ian’s film scoring career began in 2011 when he was invited by veteran Hollywood actor, Scott L. Schwartz to score his directorial debut 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, 12, 13, Bruce Almighty) and Kevin Sorbo (Hercules, Andromeda), the film brought his score a big audience. From there onwards, Ian built a network of contacts and began his scoring career.

Since then, Ian has scored many feature films, documentaries and short films, in a plethora of genres. These include psychological horrors The Window and Reunion, fantasy-drama Amy & Sophia starring Julian Glover and Isla Blair, and product films for Samsung.

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.