Senior lecturer, City, University of London

Ian Pace is a concert pianist, Senior Lecturer in Music and Head of Performance at City University, London. He studied at Chetham's School of Music, Oxford University and the Juilliard School, and is also a campaigner and researcher on the subject of abuse in musical education.

He has played in 22 countries, recorded over 20 CDs, and given over 150 world premieres. He has also played with major orchestras including the Orchestre de Paris under Christoph Eschenbach, the SWR-Orchestra Stuttgart under Rupert Huber, and the Dortmund Philharmonic under Bernhard Kontarsky, and given many workshops and masterclasses, including as a teacher at the festivals in Acanthes, Metz, and Impuls, Graz.

Ian taught first at the London College of Music and Media from 1998 to 2001, where he was co-director of a department for contemporary piano, then as an AHRC Research Fellow at the University of Southampton from 2003 to 2006 (where he wrote a monograph on Michael Finnissy's The History of Photography in Sound). He was Lecturer in Contemporary Musicologies at Dartington College of Arts (now University College Falmouth) from 2007 to 2010, before taking up a position at City University London. Since 2011 he has been Head of Performance at City.

His undergraduate teaching has encompassed 20th century musical history and performance, issues of music and society (in particular the work of Theodor Adorno and also the New Musicology), aesthetics of modernism and postmodernism, historical performance practice, instrument history, site-specific music, as well as supervising many dissertations at undergraduate and postgraduate level on various areas of classical and popular music.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Music, City University London